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vintage framed kokeshi patterns


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The knowledge of kokeshi craftsmanship has historically been passed from master to apprentice, often as a family trade. While it was imperative to respect the distinctive style and characteristics of the original design, apprentices would inevitably add their own flourishes over time– resulting in a signature expression of both regionality and artistry.

These particular patterns were painted by a renowned kokeshi collector and designer, Bunsaku Tachibana, and taken from his limited collection, Kokeshi Moyou Shu, which was published in 1975. Exquisitely framed to highlight Tachibana-san’s exemplary artisanship and grasp of Dentō motifs, this print would be the ideal addition to any kokeshi collectors home or a splendid standalone showpiece for the everyday art lover. 

made in Japan, frame handmade in Tasmania

materials : 
• vintage paper
• teak stain frame
• conservation grade mounting board
• foam core backing

measurements :
• length 41.5cm
• width 37cm
• depth 2.5cm

Individually sourced from Japan by us and curated in Hobart, our collection of vintage curios and curious ephemera includes anything from glass bottles and containers, statues and figurines, brass fittings, machine parts, flotsam, jetsam, and anything else that defies categorisation and sparks the imagination.