Handled Flower Basket
Suzuki Kyokushosai I (circa 1872–1936)
Item number: T-4206
Bamboo, rattan, staining; mat plaiting, hexagonal plaiting (on the base), bending, wrapping, knotting
Signed: Kyokushōsai saku (Made by Kyokushōsai)
Fitted wood tomobako storage box inscribed outside Hanakago (Flower basket); signed inside Kyokushōsai saku (Made by Kyokushōsai) with seal Kyokushōsai
A Tokyo-based kagoshi (basket-maker), Suzuki Kyokushōsai I participated in exhibitions during the 1920s and 30s. Other examples of his work are in the Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Bamboo Basket Collection at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (inv. no. 2006.3.313) and the Naej Collection, see Naej Collection, Baskets: Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art 1850–2015, forthcoming, 2017, cat. no. 201 (pp. 450 and 520).