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 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
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...