Flower Basket with Bamboo Rhizome Handle
Maeda Chikubosai I (1872–1950)
Item number: T-4190
Era: Showa era (1926-89)
Susudake bamboo, rattan; twill plaiting, interlaced circular plaiting, bending, wrapping, knotting; otoshi (water-container) made from an uncut stem of bamboo.
Signed: Chikubōsai kore o tsukuru (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.