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 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. This basket is very precise and firm in the hand, with a mesh-like triangular plaiting (asa ami), reinforced with twining horizontals. The shifts to mat plaiting at base and shoulder give this basket a compelling graphic quality. The rim is twined and bound with rattan. Overall, the basket has a graphic quality to it - the shifts of weave accentuating the body form with the clarity of a bird's plumage.

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