Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Entitled, “Winter Camellia | Kantsubaki ” by Sato Kouson (A.K.A. Komura)

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Dimensions: 9-1/2”h

Sato-san’s Kokeshi are recognized by their wonderfully soft and gentle faces, with painterly bodies’ artwork. Not afraid to create varying size dolls, her work distances itself from other female artists in the creative genre with her bold graphic approach. The slanted head and wonderfully defined face incorporates red bows on each side of the head, with a simple hairline with bangs in black and gray. The front of the  Kimono shows a wonderful balance of sumi-e’ brush strokes and beautifully painted camellia, (winter rose), flowers that are both open and in bud form, along with variegated green leaves. The Japanese Camellia is an evergreen loved by the Japanese, and a favorite subject by Sato-san. The piece is signed on the bottom.

Condition: Excellent, original condition, with no fading or loss of color and consistent with age. The piece meets all the standards of collectible Folk Art. 

NOTE: As collectors, we felt it was most important to represent all Sosaku Kokeshi artists, and particularly a female, and whether or not the artist has a written account of his or her life. Her dolls show the diversity of this cultural specialization, and the creative work produced by this artist.