Flask-Shaped Flower Basket with Fish-Scale Plaiting
Maeda Chikubōsai II (1917−2003)
Item number: T-4221
Era: Showa era (1926-89)
Madake bamboo, rattan; openwork uroko-style hexagonal plaiting, twill plaiting, wrapping, knotting; otoshi (water container) made from a lacquered unsplit culm of bamboo
Fitted wood tomobako storage box inscribed outside Uroko-ami henko hanakago (Flask-shaped flower basket with fish-scale plaiting); signed inside Chikubōsai tsukuru (Made by Chikubōsai) with a seal Chikubōsai
A native of Sakai City in Osaka, Chikubōsai II studied first under his father, Chikubōsai I, and from 1936 under Yamamoto Chikuryōsai I (Shōen), becoming an independent artist in 1941 and succeeding to the Chikubōsai name in 1950. He was named a Living National Treasure in 1995.