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Modern Creative Kokeshi Pair, Sanpei

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  • Modern Creative Kokeshi Pair, Sanpei
  • Modern Creative Kokeshi Pair, Sanpei Modern Creative Kokeshi Pair, Sanpei

NAME: Modern creative Japanese kokeshi Emperor & Empress pair, original box and signature board. The name of the set is called "Spring Festival".

MAKER: Sanpei Yamanaka

SIZE: 7-1/2 & 8-1/8" (19.3 & 20.7cm)

CONDITION: The male has a few dents including two on the back of the body. The female also has a few a dents including one the left side of the body and one the back.

NOTES: Mr. Yamanaka, born in 1926, is an award winning photographer and kokeshi artist.

This is a very fine set. Looked through my files and could not find another set like this, except new on Sanpei's website. They are basically the same shape but look a lot different as they are painted. The more common E & E set that he has made is a smaller pair with a more rounded body. There is also a slim taller pair.

The flowers are carved. They came wrapped in gold cloth usually reserved for fine folk crafts. Hard to know if they are original to the set.

I don't know why Sanpei's dolls shouldn't command as much as many of the other artists but they don't seem to. Just so you know, this set came in at a very high cost but the markup is very modest. Had a doll of his that recently sold for $85. Few days later, on another site, the exact doll sold for more than twice that. Suddenly, this doesn't seem so bad.

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Shipping on this doll will cost up to US$65 or US$47 over the US shipping cost (n/c). Please contact us with intent to buy so that it can be packed, weighed and the extra shipping charges added to the doll BEFORE the purchase is made.


This product was added to our catalog on Friday 08 August, 2014.

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