Flower Basket with Natural Bamboo Handle
Maeda Chikubosai I (1872-1950)
Item number: T-4130
Size: H 15.4" x W 10.6" x L 10.6" (39 x 27 x 27 cm)
Susudake bamboo and rattan; twining over diagonal plaiting; chrysanthemum base plaiting, bending, knotting.
Signed: Chikubōsai kore o tsukuru竹房斎造之 (Chikubōsai made this)
Fitted 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 baskets for export. 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 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.