A fine hexagonally-plaited basket by Tanabe Chikuunsai II (1910-2000), one of the most influential figures in 20th century bamboo art.
In the heart of his career, Chikuunsai II produced many excellent works in two signature plaiting styles: mat-plaiting and this mesh-like hexagonal weave. Both are based on meticulously processed delicate lengths of madake. Chikuunsai II shaped these fine lengths into many imaginative new forms, such as this unusual shape, or used them to reimagine well-established forms, such as gourds, kokeshi dolls, or classical Chinese tsubo. In either plait, one nearly completely opaque, the other gorgeously translucent, these baskets have a fresh modern feel, and an approachability that was certainly also a key ingredient in this artist's lasting success.
Chikuunsai II: Flower basket with hexagonal weave
Tanabe Chikuunsai II
Year - 1937-1944