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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Antique Japanese Arrow Basket by Maeda Chikubosai I

Antique Japanese Arrow Basket by Maeda Chikubosai I

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Baskets: Pre 1930: Item # 1492419

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A masterpiece basket made from used split bamboo arrows by Maeda Chikubosai enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Jidai Yadake-sei Hanamori (Basket made of Old Arrows) dated Showa 5 (1930). Hints of red and gold lacquer give clues to the origin of the bamboo shafts, making this an example of one of the most sought of all types of baskets by this elusive artist. It is roughly 19 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter, 49 cm (19 inches) tall and in excellent, original condition. Maeda Chikubosai I (1872-1950) was one of the most important bamboo artists working in the first half of the 20th century and was pivotal in promoting individual expression in the bamboo arts. Chikubosai I was from the Kansai Region and active in Sakai, Osaka prefecture. He was instructed by Wada Waichisai I (1851-1901). From 1912, he worked alongside Tanabe Chikuunsai I (1877-1937). Late in the Taisho era (1912-1926), he made presentation baskets on behalf of the Imperial Household. Chikubosai's bamboo flower baskets, in particular, gained widespread acclaim for their exquisite craftsmanship and elegant designs. He experimented with various weaving techniques, incorporating intricate patterns and textures to create visually stunning pieces that were both functional and decorative.