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#16. Antique Japanese flower basket (hanakago) with handle and made bamboo. The basket has a hexagonal, or six mesh plaited bottom (mutsume-ami) that transitions directly to the loose twill plaiting (ajiro-ami) body without the use of a base rim. The body is reinforced with a doubled band of thicker bamboo that winds up the basket, weaving through warps and wefts alike, and adding a decorative touch to the basket's simple design. The handle elements are coiled to look like rope then braided together. The bottom is reinforced with three bamboo insertions (haritake) in a triangular shape.

Measuring 22 ½" high by 8" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

#17. An antique Japanese bamboo Ikebana basket with ring handles and made of smoked bamboo (susutake). The body is a combination of twining (nawa-ami) and rice character stitching (kome-no-ji-dome) with central bands of cross-knots (juji-musubi) to give a more open and decorative look. Rings are wrapped and fastened to the basket using large, loose-fitting cross-knots.

Measuring 11 ½" high by 10" diameter.

 

         
         
 
 

#18. A tall, elegant antique Japanese smoked bamboo (susutake) ikebana flower basket (hanakago). The basket bottom in hemp leaf pattern (asa-no-ha) with widely cut bamboo pieces (haritake) inserted to reinforce the base, resulting in a raft bottom (ikadazoko). The body an attractive combination of alternating mat plaiting (gozame-ami) and lozenge pattern, strengthened with thicker vertical pieces of bamboo. The handle gracefully shaped of three bamboo strips fastened to the basket and each other using decorative wraps (bo-maki) and interlocking 'V' knots (kunoji-musubi). Signed Kochikusai.

Measuring 28" high by 16 ¾" wide by 12" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

#19. An antique Japanese ikebana basket (hanakago) in the form of a boat made of smoked bamboo (susutake). The hull is plaited irregularly (midare) with thick wefts inserted into the weave. The deck of the boat is twill plaited (ajiro-ami), reinforced by thick bamboo inserts (haratake) along the edges for strength. Circa 1900.

Measuring 10 ½" high by 17" long by 6 ½" wide.

 
         
         
 
 

#20. Trapezoid shaped flower basket (hanakago) with handle and made of smoked bamboo (susutake). The body is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) with the wefts descending at a slight angle so that opposite sides always meet to create a cross pattern down the center of the faces. Bamboo strips fan out from the rim to become the warps and give the top of the basket a very decorative look. The handle is of thick strips of bamboo held together by several thinner strips wrapped in a simple wrap (bo-maki) with all ends tucked into the basket and woven randomly throughout to add another decorative touch to this basket.. The bottom is square mesh plaited (yotsume-ami) with 11 thick strips of bamboo inserted (haritake) parallel to each other create a strong, floor-like bottom signed by the artist. Signed Chikuhosai.

Measuring 12" high by 12" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

#21. Antique Japanese bamboo ikebana basket made of variegated smoked bamboo (susutake). The basket is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) changing the width and at times even the angle of the wefts to create different patterns on the body of the basket. Twining (nawa-ami) is introduced to accent some of these changes in the twilling. The warps are continued to the top where they are wrapped to create the rim (tomobuchi). The handle is made from bamboo cordage twisted and braided into rope.

Measuring 22 ½" high by 7 ½" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

#22. Moon shaped flower basket (hanakago) made of smoked bamboo (susutaké). The weave of the body consists of bamboo strips plaited in an irregular fashion (midaré), shaped and reinforced by bamboo inserts (haritaké) made to look as random as the weave. The bottom is hemp leaf pattern (asa-no-ha) reinforced by three wide cut strips of bamboo. The rim is made in a makebuchi technique to create a platform for the curved basket to stand on.

Measuring 13" high by 15 ½" wide by 11" deep.

 

         
         
 
 

#23. Japanese flower basket (hanakago) made of smoked bamboo (susutake). The basket is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) in a regulated lozenge pattern from the bottom through the base of the body. The warps and wefts are merged into elements stacked four thick and the twill plaiting (ajiro-ami) is continued more naturally towards the top where they are manipulated to form a tomobuchi rim. Extra wefts are introduced at all different angle into the looser half to strengthen the body and to make that part appear spontaneous. Four thick strips of bamboo (haritake) are inserted into the base and extend past the bottom as legs for the basket to stand on. The bottom has bamboo inserts (haritake) added for support.

Measuring 17 ½" high by 9 ½" diameter.

 

         
         
 
 

#24. Japanese tea ceremony charcoal basket made of smoked bamboo (susutake). The basket is woven in a hemp leaf pattern (asa-no-ha) variation with thinner twined (nawa-ami) strands of bamboo used as wefts. Lighter, thicker strips of bamboo are also incorporated into the design as straight lines (tatezashi) and are decoratively fastened to the basket with one thick weft of bamboo. Tatezashi at the four corners are extended to the bottom and are decoratively stitched to create four little legs for the basket to stand on. The inside is lined to contain the dust from the coals. The bottom of the basket is square-mesh plaited (yotsume-ami) reinforced with 11 wide strips of bamboo (haratake) plus two extra thick strands to make sure the bottom will hold the weight of the coals.

Measuring 4" high by 11" diameter.

 

         
         
 
 

#25. An extraordinary antique Japanese bamboo basket of the Morikago form with very refined detail, traditional to the Kansai region. The bottom is hexagonal plaited (mutsume-ami) with a thick bamboo base tied to the basket. The body is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) to create continuous lozenge patterns that zig and zag throughout with a decorative circular weave at the rim. The body of the basket is reinforced with bamboo inserts (haritake). Handle is made of three bamboo strips fastened to the basket and each other using decorative wraps and knots. Morikago were shallow baskets for the attractive arrangement of colorful fruits of the season, to be displayed in the Tokonoma during the practice of the Sencha or Tea Ceremony.

Measuring approx. 20” high by 18” in diameter.

 

         
         
 
 

#26. An antique Japanese bamboo ikebana basket made of variegated smoked bamboo (susutake) with a bold unconventional design. The basket consists of horizontal strips of bamboo, each three strips wide, through which other strips of varying widths are plaited in an irregular fashion (midare). The handle is of a double bamboo core wrapped in bamboo.

Measuring 21" high by 8" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

#27. Japanese basket made of bamboo and zelkova. The basket is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) at the center with large wefts, and mat plaited (gozame-ami) at the top and bottom of the basket. The bottom is a thick slab of zelkova wood to hold the clay pot inside.

Measuring 9" high by 10 ½" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

#28. An elegant Japanese antique ikebana basket made of smoked bamboo (susutake). Basket combines twill (ajiro-ami) plaiting and twining (nawa-ami) to create a rustic looking weave. Bottom corners are reinforced with strips of bamboo that are incorporated into the body as random elements. The handle is made of smoked bamboo accented with two thinner strips of rattan that wrap around the thicker bamboo like vines.

Measuring 18" high by 8" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

#29. A charming antique Japanese smoked bamboo (susutake) fruit basket (morikago). Morikago were shallow baskets for the attractive arrangement of colorful fruits of the season, to be displayed in the Tokonoma during the practice of the Sencha or Tea Ceremony. The bottom of this basket is hexagonal plaited (mutsume-ami) with a thick bamboo base tied to the basket. The body is twill plaited (ajiro-ami) and is reinforced by a thick piece of bamboo at the base of the rim. The handle is made of five bamboo strips fastened to the basket and each other using decorative wraps (bo-maki) and interlocking 'V' knots (kunoji-musubi).

Measuring 14" high by 12 ¾" wide by 10 ¼" deep.