Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Kantsubaki | Camellia Girl” by Takamizawa, Kazuo (1927-)

Sale price$180.00

Dimensions: 14-7/8”h

Takamizawa-san is one of the Kokeshi artists referred to as a Kokeshi-koji, a craftsperson who creates dolls from beginning to end, for Kokeshi collectors are drawn to the aesthetic beauty and simplicity of form by these spirit-infused, lathe-turned dolls. This doll celebrates two elements that Takamizawa-san loved: the celebration of natural wood, and the Winter Camellia. The doll retains the wonderful character and patterning of the Enju wood, which in this case, the wood's natural highlight is kept as an integral decorative element. The hairstyle is a classic black hair treatment with a ‘Mage’, as a separate piece, which complements the long bangs and ‘Bob’ treatment framing the face, with its red nose. The entire figure details are executed with a woodturning technique which is the free-hand art of decorating with burn marks, to give a visual and textural quality to the surface. This doll has Takamizawa-san's red, impressed personal stamp, which he affixes on his Kokeshi, and which was originally sold in the ryokans’ spas. The piece is published in Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement in 2022 on page 158. For more information on this artist go to the following link:

Condition: Excellent meaning that the piece retains its original craft/workmanship showing a wonderfully developed patina commensurate which suggests a degree of wear that corresponds to its vintage. The doll is void of damage, cracks, breakage, or repairs. This doll meets all the standards of the collectible Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi by Takamizawa, Kazuo.