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#1. An elegant antique Japanese susutaké (smoked) bamboo ikebana basket, the body skillfully executed with mutsumé-ami (six-mesh plaiting) offering a pattern of six-pointed stars. The body finishes at the shoulder in nawa-ami (twining) technique secured with a makibuchi rim technique, wherein the body strips are held in cores and then wrapped. The long elegant handle is held by chō-musubi (butterfly knots) and the asa-no-ha (hemp leaf) pattern bottom is then reinforced with haritaké (cut bamboo pieces) that bear the artist’s signature. Signed Shokushosai. Circa 1900.

Measuring 20” high by 6” diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

#2. An antique Japanese boldly executed moon form ikebana basket made of smoked bamboo with variegated patina. The body of the basket is a hexagonal plait (mutsume-ami) frame developed into an irregular plait (midare). Artistically inserted tendrils of wisteria root and wefts of rattan reinforce and accent the basket. The handle is attractively detailed with three large interlocking V knots (kunoji-musubi). The bottom is done in chrysanthemum plaiting (kiku-ami) and is reinforced with thick bamboo inserts. Original hand hammered copper lining.

Measuring 18 ½" high by 19 ½" wide by 8 ½" deep.

 
         
         
 
 

#3. Moon shaped Japanese ikebana basket made of smoked bamboo (susutake). The body weave consists of a hemp leaf pattern (asa-no-ha) that creates a lattice through which new wefts are introduced in alternating twill (ajiro-ami) and mat (gozame-ami) plaiting giving the basket a very organic look. Each side is accented by two round cut bamboo strips with the ends tucked into the weave. The bottom is also a hemp leaf pattern (asa-no-ha) reinforced by three wide cut strips of bamboo (haritake). The rim is done in a makebuchi technique and creates a platform for the curved basket to stand on.

Measuring 13" high by 14" wide.

 
         
         
 
 

#4. A charming antique Japanese variegated susutaké (smoked) bamboo ikebana basket, the body in the category of marutaké kumimono. This container is mat plaited inside, but its outside is constructed of bamboo tendrils left whole at either end and halved elsewhere so as to be flush against the surface. This creates a unique pattern that is most appealing to the eye. Finished at the foot and shoulder in nawa-ami (twining) technique and then secured at the rims with a makibuchi technique, wherein the body strips are held in cores and then wrapped. The handle of thick bamboo section, fastened with juji-musubi (cross knot) technique, and the bottom in ajiro-ami (twill plaiting). Circa 1890.

Measuring 21” high by 6 ½” diameter.

 

         
         
 
 

#5. An antique Japanese bamboo Ikebana basket in an elongated moon form and made of smoked bamboo (susutake). The body is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) with bamboo ribs inserted in vertical lines (tatezashi) to create strong accents. The handle is attractively detailed at the apex with an interlocking ‘V’ knot (kunoji-musubi). Original tin lining. Circa 1890.

Measuring 18 ¾” high by 9 ¾” wide.

 

         
         
 
 

#6. An antique Japanese bamboo ikebana basket crafted in the form of a boat. This basket has a lustrous smoked patina (susutake) and an old bronze hanging chain. The hull is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) at the bottom then plaited in a hemp leaf pattern (asa-no-ha) with twined (nawa-ami) sections as transitions. The hull is reinforced with ten very decorative ribs. The deck is also twill plaited (ajiro-ami) with differing sized warps and wefts. The railing is done in a circular weave with an insect stitched banister. Circa 1850.

Measuring approx. 7" high by 21" long by 10" wide.

 

         
         
 
 

#7. A tall, elegant susutaké (smoked) bamboo ikebana basket woven with ten tapered lobes in yahazuzashi (herringbone pattern) separated by tatézashi or vertical 'warp' elements and secured at either end by fine twining 'nawa-ami'. The rim is formed by the tomobuchi technique and the base is secured in kiku-ami or chrysanthemum plaiting. The design of this basket has he forthright vitality that the Kyushu region is famous for.

Measuring 18 ¼" high by 7" diameter.

 

         
         
 
 

#8. A signed antique Japanese bamboo basket of the morikago type, but with form and technique of a more innovative style that is associated with the Kanto region of Japan. Signed: Chikuunsai (Tanabé Chikuunsai 1877-1937).

Measuring approx. 15 ½" high by 14" in diameter.

 

         
         
 
 

#9. An antique Japanese basket for the display of seasonal gourds or fruits (morikago) made of smoke bamboo (susutake). The bottom and body are chrysanthemum plated (kiku-ami), but the body also has extra, smaller weaves to add to the visual interest. The rim in makibuchi technique (the ends of the interlaced strips are held in two bamboo cores and then wrapped small strips). The handle of a thick bamboo section, wrapped by a smaller section. Well patinated. Circa 1920.

Measuring 7" high by 17" long by 13" wide.

 
         
         
 
 

#10. A charming antique Japanese bamboo ikebana basket created in an innovative weave of the midaré technique, a style originating from the Kanto region of Japan. Beautifully patinated susutaké (baskets hung in the rafters of the farm house above the smoke of the open hearth) with accentuating split stalk bamboo interspersed in the organic weave. The atebuchi rim technique gathers and secures the structure, as does the entwined tendrils that gather the body at its base. The bottom is open kiku-ami (chrysanthemum plaiting) with haritaké inserted for added strength. The handle emerges and returns to the structure of the basket with entwined tendrils. A most unusual powerful statement in this ikebana art form.

Measuring 13 ½” high.

 
         
         
 
 

#11. An antique Japanese bamboo Ikebana with handle and made of a dark smoked bamboo (susutake). The body is hexagonal plaited (mutsume-ami) from bottom to top with strips of bamboo randomly threaded through the weave to create abstract patterns. The inside of the basket is lined in natural banana leaf acting like a canvas for what is going on in front. The handle is made of three strips of bamboo loosely wrapped.

Measuring 17" high by 12" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

#12. An antique Japanese Ikebana basket with handle and made of smoked bamboo (susutake). The basket is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) to create continuous lozenge patterns that zig and zag throughout. The bottom is reinforced with thick bamboo pieces (haritake). The handle is coiled to look like rope.

Measuring approx. 19 ½" high by 9" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

#13. An antique Japanese Ikebana basket with handle and made of variegated smoked bamboo (susutake). The basket is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) from bottom to top to create continuous diamond patterns. The handle is made of wrapped bamboo, the ends of which are tucked into the basket and introduced into the weave to accent the diamond pattern. The bottom is square plaited (yotsume-ami) and reinforced with thick bamboo pieces (haritake) one of which is signed by the artist. Signed Koryosai.

Measuring 17" high by 7" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

#14. Hour glass shaped flower basket (hanakago) made of smoked bamboo (susutake). The basket is mat plaited (gozame-ami) where the wefts are several layers thick to make for a very strong basket. The weave twines (nawa-ami) towards the waist where the warps become the multi-layered support and the wefts are thin and stacked. The bottom is reinforced with a thick bamboo strip (haritake), which bares the artist's signature.

Measuring 18" high by 13" diameter.

         
         
 
 

#15. A large antique Japanese Ikebana basket (hanakago) in the form of a boat made of smoked bamboo (susutake). The bow is formed by a curved bamboo stalk and the hull is plaited in a hemp leaf pattern (asa-no-ha) with bamboo tendrils inserted in a semi-circular weave to give the appearance of waves along the sides of the boat. The deck of the boat is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) and the bottom is chrysanthemum plaited (kiku-ami) with artist's signature on reinforcing bamboo. Signed Tanabé Chikuunsai I (1877-1937). Circa 1900.

Measuring 11" high by 22 ½" long by 10 ½" wide.