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#1. A handsome antique Japanese susutaké bamboo ikebana basket, the body woven in the asa-no-ha (hemp leaf) pattern over a broad waft. The shoulder is then banded with a single encircling element encased on both sides with fine bo-maki. Above this, the design opens into mutsmé-ami (six-mesh plaiting) secured by atébuchi rim technique. The unusual handle is formed by two arced bamboo round-edge strips that are twisted up and over each other and attractively highlighted by a spiraling bo-maki detail. The handle is then secured to the body by four kunoji-musubi (interlocking v-knots). The hexagonal plaited bottom is reinforced with cut bamboo pieces (haritake) that bear the artist's signature. Signed: Chiku-unsai.

Measuring 19" high by 9" wide.

 
         
         
 
 

#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. An antique Japanese bamboo ikebana basket made of smoked bamboo (susutake) with a moon form handle above an unusually shaped hexagonal body. The body is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) with the wefts descending at a slight angle so that opposite sides always meet to create an upward arrow pattern down the center of the faces. The sides of the body have decorative ribbon-shaped bamboo inserts. The handle is variegated with irregular plaiting (midare) and the base is hexagonal with hexagonal plaiting (asa-no-ha) supported with three wide inserts (haritake).

Measuring 13 ¾" high by 11" wide by 9 ¼" deep.

 

         
         
 
 

#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. An unusual obelisk shaped antique Japanese bamboo Ikebana basket made of variegated smoked bamboo (susutake). The faces combine several twill plaits (ajiro-ami) to create an undulating diamond pattern. The basket edges are reinforced with round cut strips of bamboo held in place by insect stitched (mushi-kagari) decorative straps. The ring handles are of insect wrap (mushi-maki) accented with interlocking v-knots (kunoji-musubi) and fastened to the basket by crossed insect stitched rings. The body-work is held in place at the top and bottom rims by exposed bamboo strips (atebuchi). The basket bottom is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) strengthened with wide cut bamboo pieces (haritake). The interior sides of the basket are reinforced with slabs of kiri wood.

Measuring 12 ½” high by 5 ¼” square

 
         
         
 
 

#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.