Splayed Handled Flower Basket
Tanabe Chikuunsai II (1910–2000)
Item number: T-4133
Era: Showa era (1926-89)
Bamboo, rattan, lacquer; openwork hexagonal plaiting, bending, wrapping, knotting; otoshi (water container) made from a lacquered unsplit culm of bamboo.
Signed: Chikuunsai kore o tsukuru (Chikuunsai made this)
Fitted wood tomobako storage box inscribed and signed outside Uroko-ami suehiro-gata hanakago (Splayed flower basket with fish-scale plaiting); inscribed and signed inside Tekisuikyo Chikuunsai tsukuru (Made by Tekisuikyo Chikuunsai); seals: Denri no in (Seal of Denri), Chikuunsai
Born in Sakai City, Osaka, Chikuunsai II studied under his father, Chikuunsai I, from an early age. Using the name Shōchikuunsai (“Little Chikuunsai”) from 1925, he first showed his work at the Teiten national fine arts exhibition in 1931. Following the death of Chikuunsai I in 1937, Chikuunsai II succeeded to the family name and began to exhibit frequently both domestically and internationally. In 1954 he returned to Sakai following the wartime evacuation of the area, and in 1991 he ceded the name Chikuunsai to his eldest son, renaming himself Itchikusai. He is admired especially for his personal style of intricate openwork hexagonal plaiting, known sometimes as uroko-ami (fish-scale plaiting).