Tanabe Chikuunsai Ⅱ (1910-2000)


Hiratsubo-gata hanakago
Bamboo basket with a shape of flat jar
Madake bamboo, lacquer
Signed: Chikuunsai zō (made by Chikuunsai)
Tanabe Chikuunsai Ⅱ (1910-2000)
ca. 1970
H:13.5cm, D:41cm
Box signed by Shōchiku Ⅲ
Gozame weave (plain weave)

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 “bamboo cloud”. 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.