Kosuge Chikudo (1895–1966)

Flower Basket

Kosuge Chikudo (1895–1966)

Item number: T-4211
Size: H 13.3" x W 9.2" (33.8 x 23.3 cm)

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Taisho (1912–1926) or Showa (1926–1989) era, 1920s–1950s

Split madake bamboo and whole stems of smoked nemagaridake bamboo, dust, lacquer; the base hexagonal plaiting and circular plaiting, the sides twining over diagonal plaiting, twill plaiting, wrapping, bending

Signed underneath with incised characters Chikudo saku (Made by Chikudo)

Fitted wood tomobako storage box inscribed outside in ink Kosuge Chikudō saku Takehanakago (Bamboo Flower basket by Kosuge Chikudo)

Born in Hatano Town on Sado Island (Niigata Prefecture), a traditional center of bamboo craft, Kosuge Chikudō (birth name Watanabe Uichi taught himself basket-weaving by copying old Chinese pieces and by the age of 18 was already proficient enough to win prizes at local exhibitions. A devout Christian, he worked first as a junior-school teacher and late as an instructor in bamboo craft at a school for the deaf and dumb. He started his own workshop in 1945. He disciples include his sons Kosuge Kōgetsu and Kosuge Shōchikudō. Kosuge specialized in plaiting with bamboo prepared using the masawari (radial splitting) technique, in contrast to the flat or tangential cutting customary elsewhere in Japan, and loved to combine several different plaiting styles in a single piece, as here. A similarly virtuoso basket by him is in the Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Bamboo Basket Collection (Melissa Rinne, Masters of Bamboo, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2007, no. 34

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