Kosaku-utsushi hisago-gata kakehanaire


Bamboo wall vase for ikebana
by TANABE Chikuunsai II (1910-2000)
Tomobako and lacquered bamboo otoshi
Diameter: 15 cm – High: 34.5 cm

This basket is named “kosaku-utsushi hisago-gata kakehanaire” which means “made from an ancient example of gourd-shaped hanging vase

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.