JAPANESE BAMBOO BASKETS

Flower Basket by Morita Chikuyosai

Morita Chikuyosai / 森田竹陽斎作
d. 1963

Asaami flower basket

38.5 x 16.5 x 13.25 cm

15.2 x 6.5 x 5.2 in

Original box signed and sealed by Chikuyosai 
Original  lacquered water container
This basket is no longer available

This basket by Chikuyosai has an unusually compact elegance. Little is known of Chikuyosai, though based on the style of his basketry he was evidently based in the Kansai area. Here his basket suits the tastes of Body weave is very precise and firm, tight mesh-like hexagonal plaiting complicated by intertwining horizontals. At base and shoulder the weave shifts to mat plaiting, compelling shift in texture. The rim is twined and bound with rattan. Unusual vertical center decoration on front and back. Overall, the basket has a graphic quality to it - the shifts of form and weave have the clarity of a bird's plumage.

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