Bamboo vase for ikebana
by Chikubōsai Maeda II (二代前田竹房斎) (1917-2003)
Susudake (smoked bamboo)
Tomobako and lacquered otoshi
Diameter: 24 cm – High: 17 cm

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

This artist is the son of Maeda Chikubosai I who was pivotal in promoting individual expression in the bamboo arts. He learned bamboo from his father’s students because he born late and his father didn’t gave him enough attention. Finally, in 1945, he submitted to the Osaka Craft Exhibition and won eight subsequent awards. In 1952 he took the name of Chikubosai II and created his own style. After seeking advice from Iizuka Rokansai, his work was accepted in Nitten in 1953 and twelve times thereafter. He has many times exhibited abroad, in America and Europe. Maeda’s works can be seen in the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and Denver Art Museum, among many public and private collections in the world.