Hanakago yuri-gata uriko-ami#2619
Lacquered madake bamboo and rattan
Tanabe Chikuunsai II (1910-2000)
H.: 45 cm – Ø.: 18.5 cm, otoshi and tomobako
An artist based in Osaka and Sakai, Tanabe Chikuunsai II was the son of Tanabe Chikuunsai I. He was the second artist from the Tanabe dynasty to bear the name of Chikuunsai which means “cloud bamboo.” He is famous for its Chinese-style baskets, sometimes called bunjin kago (scholar’s basket). Until the mid-nineteenth century, the locally produced baskets were not signed, probably to distinguish them from more expensive imported baskets. The Tanabe were among the first artists to sign their works.