My new find:Japanese Yoshitoku doll, dolls are not for kids and can be valued highly.

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Yoshitoku is a luxury Japanese doll maker, known as doll maker to the emperor, the company has been in business since 1711, the Edo era. Its high quality dolls body is made of crushed oyster shell, dressed traditionally in kimonos and some are modern, are not for play. These dolls are treasured by collectors. The flagship store is in Tokyo and sells dolls worldwide.

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3 responses to “My new find:Japanese Yoshitoku doll, dolls are not for kids and can be valued highly.

  1. Jeff Cheney

    I found an exquisite Yoshitoku doll in a glass case at a high end estate sale that included a presentation card from the president of a Japanese company. Is there any way to determine the dolls age?

    • I will look into it, the history of the factory founded in 1711.
      source “Samurai grace” blog.
      The presentation card from the president tells me it is most likely to be a more recent doll.

  2. Yoshitoku was founded in 1711, Edo era, as Doll and Toy Wholesaler. The 6Th Edo Shogun gave the name “Yoshino-ya” (Shop name) with the first name “Tokubei”. The name “Yoshi-Toku” came from the combination of the shop name and the first name. The name “Tokubei” has been inherited to the next generation through its 300 year history.
    Yoshitoku, first of the kind, with its tradition and the high quality of artistic craftsmanship, has dealt in Doll for girl, Miniature Armor & Helmet for boy (Yoroi / Kabuto), and other arts & crafts. Yoshitoku name is branded as it has delivered many art & crafts to Japanese Royal family at the princess and the prince birth. The tradition will be carried on to the next generation forever.
    source Samurai Grace blog
    Looks like Yoshitoku 11 was the president during Princess Diana s visit there.

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