Bamboo basket for ikebana
Named “seseragi” (murmuring of a stream)
Signed by Tanabe Chikuunsai II (1910-2000)
Kansai region, active in Osaka and Sakai
H. 27.5 cm – Ø. 27 cm
Tomobako, original box

Loosely weavibg with sukashi-maki-rokume-ami technique. A wonderful and deep shiny patina.

A famous 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.