Maeda Chikubōsai Ⅰ (1872-1950)



Ko-yatake hanakago
Flower basket made with old bamboo arrows
Yatake (bamboo used to make arrow), susudake (smoked bamboo)
Signed: Chikubōsai zō (made by Chikubōsai)
Maeda Chikubōsai Ⅰ (1872-1950)
H:32cm, W:31cm, D:51cm
New collector’s box
Magaki weave (striped line weave)
Gozame weave (plain weave)

Maeda Chikubosai I was one of the most important bamboo artists working in the first half of the 20th century. Late in the Taisho era (1912-1926) he made presentation baskets on behalf of the Imperial Household, for which he became famous. Chikubosai held a series of one-man exhibitions at Mitsukoshi Department Store in Tokyo from 1926 until the late 1930s. Maeda Chikubosai I was pivotal in promoting individual expression in the bamboo arts.

His son, Maeda Chikubosai II was the Third bamboo artist designated Living National Treasure, in 1995.