Bamboo basket for the ikebana flower arrangement, made by Maeda Chikubōsai I (1872-1950). Using a natural bamboo branch with twigs for the handle, he plaited the body with split bamboo and further natural bamboo branches. The incised signature on the bottom reads Chikubōsai made this. Comes with a fitted kiri-wood storage box.
One of the most important bamboo artists active in the Kansai region in the first half of the twentieth century, Maeda Chikubōsai I worked with Tanabe Chikuunsai I (1877–1937) from about 1912, making high-end baskets. After a period of intense study of earlier baskets for the sencha style of tea drinking, he began exhibiting widely from 1926 and made several pieces for presentation to the emperor and the imperial family. Chikubōsai I had access to an abundant supply of susudake (smoked bamboo gathered from the roofs of ancient farmhouses), which he used frequently in his work. The form of this basket, along with the use of a natural bamboo handle, is typical of his early mature work. His work is in the collections of many US and international museums.
Susudake bamboo and rattan
27 x 27 x 39 cm