Featured Kokeshi dolls

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  1. Roxannastr

    Roxannastr New Member

    Screenshot_20210609-102110_Vinted.jpg Screenshot_20210609-102241_Vinted.jpg Screenshot_20210609-102415_Vinted.jpg Screenshot_20210609-102422_Vinted.jpg Hello! I recently discovered these forums and I am glad to meet all of you!

    I received as a gift from someone a collection of imperial Japan objects, including some kokeshi dolls. I would like to sell a few of them, but I do not know their true value. The person that gave them to me actually told me they were from the Emperor of Japan's Court! (Or someone important in Japan) They look indeed old and have a manual signature on the back, but I am not sure of their true value so I could sell them correctly.
    I will attach a few photos of the ones I want to sell so you may look more closely. :)

    Thank you kindly for the help and hope we can find out.
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  2. Lithographer

    Lithographer Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum. I have several dolls like these. My parents brought them home from Japan in the 1950’s. I can’t help with the story behind your dolls, but have heard similar stories over the years of attributions to important people. I would tend to be skeptical of any attributions. Someone on the forum may be able to translate the writing. As far as value, this forum is intended to help people learn about the history and origin of their items. I can recommend looking on eBay, I have seen several auctions over the years for them.
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  3. Roxannastr

    Roxannastr New Member

    Thank you for the reply!

    I also have other kokeshi dolls and vintage Japanese objects that look kinda royal so I wonder if it's true. I have too many dolls so I'm trying to sell half of them but I wanted if there is someone who can translate the writing. Know where I can post about it?
    Thank you.
  4. Lithographer

    Lithographer Well-Known Member

    I do know that there are certain artists in Japan that are considered “National Treasures”, my Mom told me about the pieces in her collection that had that designation. Maybe that is part of your doll’s story.
  5. patd8643

    patd8643 Well-Known Member

    You might try Reddit for translations.
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  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    we have folks here that can help...but they are not here all the time.
    Check back in to see if more folks respond.
    for your other items , find the proper Forum...and show us what you have...
    We've been known to surprise , on occasion !! ;).:playful::playful:
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  7. Roxannastr

    Roxannastr New Member

    Thank you all for the replies and here. I'll blend in and check everyday :). Also take a look on what people talk about antique stuff cause I'm passionate about it. Just recently discovered the forums.
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  8. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Think the blue one is a Little Brother type, typically paired with a taller figure in red, Big Sister.
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