Tanabe Chikuunsai II (1910-2000)



Kikkō sukashi hyōgata hanakago
Hexagonal weave transparent bamboo basket in form of a gourd
Madake bamboo
Signed: Chikuunsai zō (made by Chikuunsai)
Tanabe Chikuunsai II (1910-2000)
H:58.5cm, D:15.5cm
Shiki-bako signed by Tanabe ShōchikuⅢ
I certificate that this piece was made by Chikuunsai the 2nd. Heisei 27 (2015) Certificated by Shōchiku.”
Kikkō weave (hexagonal 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.