Iizuka Hosai II (1872–1934)

Handled Flower Basket

Iizuka Hosai II (1872–1934)

Item number: T-4226
Size: H 13.2" x W 11.4" (33.6 x 28.9 cm)
Era: Showa era (1926-89)

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1920s

Susudake bamboo, nemagari bamboo, madake bamboo; twill plaiting, free-style plaiting using unsplit bamboo culms, bending 

Signed: Hōsai 鳳斎

Hōsai II, the eldest son of Hōsai I, moved from Tochigi Prefecture to Tokyo in 1910. As well as inheriting the family’s traditional skills and exhibiting frequently at national exhibitions, he trained his brothers, including the great Iizuka Rōkansai (1890–1958), whose early work he often signed; it is possible that the present basket was made by Rōkansai. Another basket in this style signed Hōsai, mostly twill-plaited and making creative use of uncut stems and twigs of bamboo, is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (inv. no. 2004.567)

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