15 September 1999
Tanabe Chikuunsai (b. 1910)
Bamboo flower basket titled Isotakara (Treasure of the seashore)
Incised signature on base Chikuunsai zo
13in. (33cm.) diameter; 6in. (17cm.) high
With wood box inscribed on lid Isotakara hanakago ('Treasure of the seashore' flower basket) and karatake ami (woven Chinese bamboo), signed on underside of lid Tekisui kyo Chikuunsai zo, sealed Tanabe no in and Chikuunsai; lacquered-bamboo liner
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Chikuunsai II is still active despite ceding his name to his son Chikuunsai III (b. 1940). Accomplished like his father in an allied art (see lot 171), Chikuunsai is a celebrated calligrapher.
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