HANAKAGO KARAMONO UTSUSHI#2739
Bamboo basket vase for ikebana
TANABE Chikuunsai II (1910-2000)
Tomobako and otoshi
25 cm x 17 cm x 47(h) cm
This basket is named “karamono-utsushi” which means “made from an ancient example of Chinese basket”
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.