Maeda Chikubosai I (1872-1950)

Flower Basket with Natural Bamboo

Maeda Chikubosai I (1872-1950)

Item number: T-2293
Size: H 19.4" x W 7.2" x L 7.9" (49.3 x 18.2 x 20 cm)

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Susudake bamboo, rattan; circular plaiting, twining (base), compound diagonal plaiting, natural bamboo branch handle, wrapping, knotting; vertically scored and lacquered bamboo otoshi  (water container) with copper lining

Signed underneath: Chikubōsai kore o tsukuru (Chikubōsai made this)

Fitted wood tomobako storage box inscribed outside Hanakago (Flower basket); inscribed and signed inside Kōki nisenroppyakuichinen shoka . . . . Chikubōsai kore o tsukuru (Chikubōsai made this in April 1941); seal: Chikubōsai

Chikubōsai had an abundant supply of susudake, smoked bamboo taken from the area above the hearth in the roofs of old farmhouses. Here, the compound diagonal weave is given added interest through the use of susudake strips with natural variation in tone due to differing degrees of prolonged exposure so smoke. Both the gently swelling form—sometimes likened to an udonge or cluster fig—and the natural bamboo handle are typical of Chikubōsai I’s work; the same compound weave is seen also in the work of his son Chikubōsai II. See A+C VWG, Baskets: Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art, 1850–2015, n.p., 2017, cat. nos. 164, 174

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