Tanabe Chikuunsai (1877-1947)
Bamboo flower basket
Incised signature on base Chikuunsai kore o zo
18in. (47cm.) high
With wood box inscribed on lid Kanchiku son-shiki hanakago (non-hollow bamboo [Chimonobambusa marmorea] flower basket) and signed on underside of lid Taisho mizunoe inu seika Kaifu hitsuso Chikuunsai kore o zo (made by Chikuunsai in the Kaifu hitsuso [studio] in mid-summer, 1922); cylindrical lacquered-bamboo liner
Chikuunsai I was the first of three generations of bamboo masters (see also lot 172), accomplished in Chinese and more idiosyncratic styles. He was also awarded master status in flower arranging.