QUIRKY & RARE!!! Vintage Kokeshi by "lost artisan," Norio Takeda
Quirky and Adorable!!
In Japan, one of the seminal books on "sosaku" or "kindai" kokeshi artisans lists the name Toshio Takeda as an artisan who was active in the 1950s and 60s—but we've never seen one of his dolls. This kokeshi is signed "Norio Takeda," and the name is so close that we wonder if the early book had a typo—and was actually referring to Norio Takeda—whose personal stamp is on the base of this wonderful vintage kokeshi.
Normally we'd save a doll like this for our personal collection. But it's just too cool to keep to ourselves. So if you're a serious collector, by all means give this fab kokeshi doll a new home!
TYPE: Vintage Sosaku (creative kokeshi) / Kindai (modern kokeshi)
SUB-CATEGORIES: rare kokeshi, quirky kokeshi, kokeshi by famous artisans, large kokeshi, tall hair kokeshi
ARTIST: Norio Takeda
SIGNATURE: the base of the doll has the artist's personal seal. We are unable to read the Japanese notation, which may be a signature or the title of the doll.
YEAR: circa 1960s / 70s
HEIGHT (approx.): 28 cm (11 inches)
CONDITION: fine. Typical signs of age / honest wear (dings, nicks, light soiling, discoloration, etc)
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Regarding Vintage/Antique Items
Any item in our shop labeled or described as "vintage" or "antique" will be sold "as found" or "as is."
Imperfections such as scratches, dings, stains, soiling, fading, cracking, discoloration and the like are common amongst vintage and antique items. We try to accurately represent such goods through photos and product descriptions, but it would be impossible to fully detail the imperfections of each and every item.
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Regarding Authenticity of Vintage/Antique Items
We do our best to research each item before acquiring it for our inventory. If a product is attributed to a specific artist, manufacturer or time period, or is described as being manufactured with specific materials or processes, it is because we believe that the description is accurate. Almost all vintage/antique items are acquired in Japan through sources such as art galleries, art dealers, private collections, antique or vintage wholesalers, estate sales, other auctions and antiques and collectibles conventions. However, the items we acquire almost never come with certificates of authenticity or details of provenance. While we believe our descriptions are accurate, it is impossible for us to guarantee this. Again, please consider your purchase carefully before buying since we are unable to accept returns or exchanges, or make refunds on these items (except, as previously explained, in the rare case in which an item has been damaged or lost during transport).
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