Flower Basket in the Shape of a Lily Bud (Yuri-gata hanakago)

Tanabe Chikuunsai I Japanese

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Tanabe Chikuunsai I’s tall, elegant flower basket from around 1930, the peak of his career, reflects a refined literati sensibility in its graceful shape and complex plaiting. The body, which resembles a lily bud about to bloom, is made of timber bamboo woven in a compound lozenge-plaiting pattern (yotsume-gaeshi) and coated with lacquer. The details of the handle and mouth are worked in rattan, and the base is accented with a bamboo strip.

Flower Basket in the Shape of a Lily Bud (Yuri-gata hanakago), Tanabe Chikuunsai I (Japanese, 1877–1937), Timber bamboo, rattan, and lacquer, Japan

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