Ca. early 1900s
This boat-shaped basket, designed for flower arrangements, is well-crafted from strips of bamboo that is stained a rich, dark reddish-brown and had acquired areas of further dark patina from age and use. The ship form probably represents a so-called treasure ship (takarabune) signifying wishes for good fortune and is usually displayed during the New Year’s season. Originally, a ceramic container would be placed inside to accommodate the flower arrangement and this basket is still very usable. Good condition with sturdy construction and no apparent breaks.
Length: 22 in.; Width: 8 ½ in.; Height: 9 ½ in.