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Ikebana basket

Price:  1.200,00

Exceptional high quality wickerwork bamboo baluster-shaped ikebana basket 花籠 (hanakago) with a loop handle, by the National Living Treasure-artist Maeda Chikubôsai II前田竹房斎 (1917-2003).

The basket is intricately woven with thin bamboo strips using different types of plating. The body is woven in a criss-cross fashion with dense horizontal lines. The bottom and top are completely woven in this intricately dense technique.
The sides are equipped with tightly fastened u-shaped loops from which comes a single piece of sturdy bamboo bent in the shape of a loop handle. The vase rests on a stable circle-shaped foot.
The bamboo of the vase has an amazing warm deep brown patina, while the loop handle is a bit lighter of shade.

The handle is signed ‘Chikubôsai zô’ 竹房斎造, which is the signature of the famous artist Maeda Chikubôsai II前田竹房斎 (1917–2003).

The basket is in a very good condition with two minor traces of age. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.

Sizes including handle:
Height 59 cm, Width 23 cm, Depth 21 cm.
Second part 20th century.
Maeda Chikubōsai II was born in the Hirai section of Sakai, where all of the Maeda clan lives. A late child, he was considered too young to train by his father and learned plaiting techniques from his father’s students instead. He began to receive some recognition for his work during the mid-1930s. After WW II, he showed in Osaka-area exhibitions and aspired to show creative work in Nitten.
In 1953 Chikubōsai II had his first piece accepted in Nitten, in 1959 at Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition.
He was honoured by the Japanese government in 1992, and named “Living National Treasure” in bamboo craft in 1995. (From Mingei Art Gallery)

Ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Contrary to the idea of floral arrangement as a collection of multicolored arrangement of blooms, ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis toward shape, line and form” (from Wikipedia).

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : N2546

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