Tanabe Chikuunsai Ⅱ (1910-2000)



Hanakago “Kasumi”
Madake bamboo basket for ikebana called “haze
Signed: Chikuunsai zō (made by Chikuunsai)
Tanabe Chikuunsai II (1910-2000)
H:15.5cm, L:47.5, D:15.5cm
Tomobako, original box signed by the artist
Yotsume weave base (square 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.