Iizuka Rokansai (1890-1958)

“Lofty” Handled Flower Basket

Iizuka Rokansai (1890-1958)

Item number: T-2286
Size: H 20.9" x W 8.5" x L 8.9" (53 x 21.5 x 22.5 cm)

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Susudake bamboo; free-style square plaiting, wrapping, knotting; vertically scored and lacquered bamboo otoshi (water container)

Susudake bamboo; free-style square plaiting, wrapping, knotting; vertically scored and lacquered bamboo otoshi (water container)

20 7/8 × 9 × 8 ½ in. (53 × 22.9 × 21.6 cm)

Signed on the side of one handle: Rōkansai saku (Made by Rōkansai)

Fitted wood tomobako storage box inscribed outside Hanakago(Flower basket); inscribed and signed inside Teitei Rōkansai saku (“Lofty,” made by Rōkansai); seal: Rōkansai 

Apparently starting in the late 1930s, Rōkansai assigned the name Teitei (“Lofty,” “Towering”) to several of his taller baskets. The slightly irregular profile of the sides suggests a mighty treetrunk, an effect enhanced by the way Rōkansai refrained from cutting away all the slight imperfections in the bamboo and disposed the nodes unevenly to achieve a natural, organic look. The box signature and seal, especially the treatment of the character saku 作 (made), also suggest a date in the late 1930s; see Tochigi Kenritsu Bijutsukan (Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts), Iizuka Rōkansai ten (Iizuka Rokansai: Master of Modern Bamboo Crafts), Utsunomiya, 1989, p. 118, bottom row, left.

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