SELECTION OF CREATIVE KOKESHI DOLLS

Sosaku kokeshi is completely free regarding the colors, the patterns or the design. The artist make the kokeshi freely upon his imagination !

Creative kokeshi appeared after World War II

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XXL KOKESHI by Kojo Tanaka

This MASSIVE creative (sosaku) Kokeshi is 32 cm (12,6")

 

Carved cherry blossoms. Beautifull golden finish.

Bobbed hair with large bow over the head. 

Stamp by the artisan Kojo Tanaka.

79,00 €

  • 2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Traditional creative kokeshi dragonfly

This traditional creative kokeshi is 31 cm (12,2") Dated from 1982 

 

We see a little boy chasing dragonflies.

The dragonfly has a strong symbol in Japan. In a collection dating back to the late twelfth century we find a song explaining how to capture the dragonflies, because the Japanese children have happily engaged in this hunt for centuries. They observe them carefully, discover their habits and invent methods to capture them. One of these is detailed in the first illustrated encyclopedia of Japan, published in the early eighteenth century by Terajima Ryoan under the title Wakan Sansai Zue.

 

 

In addition, Aka Tombo (Red dragonfly) is the song (related to childhood and birthplace) of the city of Tatsuno composed by Kosaku Yamada, whose lyrics are of the poet Rofu Miki born in Tatsuno.

 

Signed by the artisan.

42,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Usaburo carved kokeshi

2 available (price is for one kokeshi) 

 

They are 22 cm (8,7")

Longilins, dark cherry wood, and beautifully carved flowers.

 

Very good condition for both. They are hand made, but they are not identical.

 

Usaburo hanko seal

Usaburo Okamoto (1917-2009) has won numerous awards, and is the founder of Usaburo Kokeshi.

He started making kokeshi in 1950. Then he invented a new style with new manufacturing techniques.

Today Usaburo has six artisans trained by Usaburo.

49,00 €

45,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Big creative kokeshi with apparent bark

This large creative kokeshi is 31 cm (12,2")

Bark apparent on the body.

Funny head !

Signed by the artisan.

39,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Takeshi

This creative kokeshi is 18 cm (7") and is from 1980 (Showa 55)

Japanese temple and plum blossom painted on the body.

 

Hanko seal by the artisan Takeshi

35,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi doll by Noboru Tamura

This creative kokeshi is 25 cm. Massive.

The wood has taken on a wonderful reddish color!

Small neon pink mouth too cute!

 

Simplicity with these two camellias flowers painted on the body.

 

Signed by the artisan Noboru Tamura

79,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Fujikawa Masae

This creative kokeshi is 38 cm (15")!

Two colors of wood for this kokeshi beautifully carved with cherry blossoms painted in red and white.

A few words in Japanese from the craftsman on the body.

Note: the wood worked throughout these years, which caused a slight crack behind the neck (price accordingly)

 

Stamp and signature of the famous master craftsman Fujikawa Masae (Syoei) borned in 1942.

This famous craftsman started making kokeshi in 1952. He has received many kokeshi awards; including Prime Minister's Price in 1996 and 2002.

59,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi sakura

This cokeshi creative style is 16 cm (6,3") high and about 13 cm (5") in width.

Her disproportionate head on a braid gives it all its charm!

Superb condition except the color of the wood at the level of the face. Price accordingly.

Pretty cherry blossoms carved and painted.

 

Sticker indicating that this kokeshi comes from Hakone Onsen (hot springs)

39,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi maiko style

Creative kokeshi about 14 cm (5,5")

Okkapa hair cut and small knot on the top of the head too kawaii!

Pretty floral kimono.

Unsigned. The sticker with the stamp of the craftsman seems to have been taken off.

29,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Kiyohara Takao

This creative kokeshi is 30 cm (11,8")

Abstract representation of plum blossoms. The kokeshi of this famous craftsman are artistics and minimalists.

Kiyohaya Takao is considered the pioneer of the creative kokeshi. His dolls are similar to Togatta and Yamagata styles.

 

Handmade and signed by this famous craftman Kiyohara Takao (1916-unknown date of death) who won a lot of awards

Hanko seal by the artisan.

49,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Transitional kokeshi by Kiyohaya Takao

This transitional kokeshi is 24 cm (9,4")

Abstract representation of plum blossoms. The kokeshi of this famous craftsman are artistics and minimalists.

Kiyohaya Takao is considered the pioneer of the creative kokeshi. His dolls are similar to Togatta and Yamagata styles.

 

Handmade and signed by this famous craftman Kiyohara Takao (1916-unknown date of death) who won a lot of awards

49,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Transitional kokeshi by Sasaki family

This traditional creative kokeshi is 24 cm (9,4")

Red and black lines  with carved flowers.

 

Signed by Sasaki  family (Isao Sasaki & his wife)

25,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi daruma shape

This daruma koekshi is 8 cm (3")

unusual shape and very good condition!  

 

Signed by the artisan

20,00 €

  • 0,1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Traditional creative kokeshi black head circle

She is 18,5 cm (7,3")

Pretty shapes.  Simple & elegant

 

Signed by the artisan.

25,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Traditional creative kokeshi patina

This transitional koekshi is 26 cm. (2,4")

Patina because of the years

 

Signed by the artisan

25,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Tanaka Harumasa

Very rare creative style kokeshi doll about 24 cm (9,4")

Unpainted, just turned and beautifully carved with cubist style.

Sharp and straight contours; Cubism is an early twentieth-century artistic movement that is a revolution in painting and sculpture. It is characterized by the abandonment of the classical perspective, the bursting of the forms in different facets and the independence of the various plans. The artist seeks to represent an object in 3 dimensions, observed from all points of view at a time.

As John Golding, an art historian and specialist of the movement, puts it, "Cubism is an absolutely original pictorial language, a totally new way of approaching the world, and a conceptualized aesthetic theory. print a new direction to all modern painting "

 

Signature of the famous craftsman Tanaka Harumasa

This one contributed in the 50s-60s to the creative (Sosaku) kokeshi movement.

He has won numerous awards, the highest of which in 1965

He made kokeshi with a very modern style with cubist design.

 

His kokeshi are highly sought by collectors!

79,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

XXL creative kokeshi by Sadao Kishi

She is 40-41 cm (16"). Slit at the level of the face, but which passes unnoticed because it is in the continuity of the fold of the kimono

 

The ear of corns carved and painted are stunner

 

Hanko seal by the famous master Sadao Kishi (1932-1998)

This master is one of the most important influences on modern kokeshi design, and he won many awards. 

49,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi Mother and Son

Little kokeshi mom with her cute child!

They measure 13 cm (5") and 10 cm (4")

No colors for these kokeshi creative style sober and simple style.

Two different woods were used to make them.

 

Handmade and stamped by their craftsman

25,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Coloured creative kokeshi

This little coloured creative kokeshi is 13cm (5")

modern look !

10,00 €

  • 0,1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Takahashi Hashime (高橋 はしめ)

Very original and rare (very hard to find) creative kokeshi about 15,5cm (6")

 

 

Signed by the artisan Takahashi Hashime (1918-2002)

He was considered one of the best plum blossom artist

He has won numerous awards, including the highest price : "Prime Minister's Award"

45,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Kishi Sadao (岸 貞夫)

This kokeshi is 25cm (9,8") really gracefull and with its roundness !

 

 

Hanko seal by the artisan Sadao Kishi (1932-1998)

This renowned craftsman won many awards.

49,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Kojo Tanaka

This creative kokeshi doll is 16cm (6,3")

Smiling and so cute ! Notice that she lost her little bow !

 

 

Hanko seal by the artisan Kojo Tanaka

35,00 €

29,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Ishida Waichi

She is 16 cm (6,3")

This little musician lost her kanzashi  (as often happens with these vintage kokeshi)

 

 

Hanko seal by the artisan Ishida Waichi

39,00 €

29,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison