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Japanese Bamboo Basket Ikebana Suzuki Gengensai

Documentation Signed
Origin Japan
Period 1920-1949
Materials bamboo woven
Dimensions
H. 19 in; Diam. 7 in;
H. 48.26 cm; Diam. 17.78 cm;
Condition Good. fine with age appropriate wear (mostly on the base) and patina. Intrinsic bamboo node marks visible as part of an intended aesthetics and is not condition issue.
Creation Date 1923-1950
Description An elegantly woven bamboo basket with handle as an ikenana container by Suzuki Gengensai (1891-1950) circa 1923-50. Suzuki Gengensai was from Kansai region and active in Osaka. He studied bamboo art under Yamashita Kochikusai (1876-1947) and became an independent artist in 1913. He received his artist name Gengensai in 1914 and in 1923 he changed the characters to Gen, a slight written variation of the character. This basket was signed in this later variation, which helps to date the piece to post 1923.
The basket is woven entirely in a free style irregular plating on the body and with a twisted bundled handle. The surface is lacquered in a deep reddish color. The seemingly less rigid technique renders the piece a more rustic and natural aesthetic that is more suitable for certain occasions. It is singed on the base with artist's signature in the variation post 1923.
A very similar basket of the irregular weaving but without the handle is illustrated in plate 72 in "Baskets Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art 1850-2015".
Styles / Movements Asian, Traditional
Patterns Asian/Oriental, Geometric, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 485123
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