An elegant bamboo ikebana basket with multi-reed handle and squared base. The body, formed as a lily, is divided into segments of open-work hexagonal plaiting and overlapping vertical stitch work. This classic karamono-style basket is in excellent condition with no problems and no restoration. Signature plaque of the master Chikuunsai I on its base. Tomobako inscribed “Karamono Utsushi in the style of a lily.” Height: 19.5” Early Taisho Period, Japan
A robust bamboo ikebana basket of wagumi style woven with wide, ribbon-like bamboo slats. Along its oval body strings of reed and roped bamboo weave in and out, while twisted whole sections of bamboo form a strong and well- positioned handle. This indigenous form of basketry- making in Japan, called wagumi-style, was inspired by the daily baskets made by fishermen and farmers, seduced by their organic and uninhibited forms...
A tall, robust bamboo ikebana basket for the tea ceremony boldly woven with thick strands of stained bamboo. The individually-cut bamboo strands woven diagonally along the baluster form of the basket, terminates at its rim. The maker has added a gnarled root- wood handle perfectly formed and sized for this exquisitely-wrought passionate basket. Height: 28". Meiji Period, Japan
A fine stained boxwood netsuke formed as a cluster of theatrical masks, including Okame, Okina, Hyottoko, Tengu and Oni. This manju-style netsuke is attached to a metal chain for the accompanying tobacco pouch, each mask sculpt with finely incised details enhancing each facial feature. This netsuke is in very good condition. Diameter: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
A uniquely- woven bamboo basket for ikebana flower arrangement with a lozenge-shaped rattan base, its forked reed handle wrapped to the body with insect stitches and v-knots. The wide, fish-mouth design woven with two-toned bamboo strands form an open hemp- leaf pattern. This elegant karamono-style basket is in very good condition with minor surface wear, commensurate with age and use. Unsigned. Height: 19.5” Late Meiji / Taisho Period, Japan
Stained boxwood netsuke of an amorous kappa (water sprite) atop of a semi-open abalone shell. The mythical creature’s skin provides a wonderful textural contrast to the shell’s smooth surface. This study, erotic in tone, alludes in a subtle way to the clam’s reference in Japanese art to the female’s private anatomy. Its jet-inlaid eyes denote the kappa’s passionate nature. Incised signature of Taro can be found on base. This netsuke is in excellent condition...
A bamboo ikebana basket in moon form with irregular plaiting and segments of bamboo reed interspersed throughout the body and handle. This basket is in very good condition, with tightly woven body, no cracks or splits to the bamboo. Height: 14.5" Meiji/Taisho Period, Japan
An ingeniously crafted ikebana basket formed as a fishing boat, its body intricately woven with fine bamboo strands interspersed with sections of rootwood. Bamboo reeds worked for the bow and stern, and twisted bamboo applied to either side of the mat-plaited deck provide additional support and aesthetic charm. The piece is lacquered a rich mahogany color, adding to its beauty. This delightful basket is in very good condition. Length: 22” . Meiji Period, Japan
A tall, robust bamboo basket constructed in the wagumi style native to Japan. Its body, formed with ribbon-like bamboo strands in two-tone colors and woven in an irregular pattern with bamboo reeds, seamlessly gives way to a moon-shaped handle of twisted bamboo rope. This sculptural basket is full of contrasting textures and colors and is in very good condition. Height: 17.5” Meiji / Taisho Period, Japan
A lovely hexagonal-shaped bamboo basket for traditional flower arrangements in tea ceremony poised on a circular rattan self-stand, executed in a simple yet refined openwork diagonal plaiting. Its strong reed handle is secured to the body with turtle shell-shaped knots, the mid-section adorned with two-toned bamboo slats running across and vertically. Of special note is the two-toned staining of the bamboo strands, adding depth and warmth to the basket...