“Auspicious Clouds” Flower Basket in Chinese style with Small Handles
Suzuki Kyokushōsai I (ca. 1872–1936)
Item number: T-4309
Size: H 15.6" x W 12.7" x L 14.2" (39.6 x 32.2 x 36 cm)
Bamboo, rattan, dust; hexagonal plaiting, circular plaiting (base), seigaiha-ami, morokoshi-ami, matsuba-ami, chidori-ami, and other plaiting techniques, wrapping, knotting; lacquered bamboo otoshi
Signed underneath: Kyokushōsai saku
Fitted wood tomobako storage box inscribed and signed outside Zuiun Kyokushōsai saku (“Auspicious Clouds,” made by Kyokushōsai); seal: Kyokushōsai
Suzuki Kyokushōsai I, a Tokyo-based kagoshi (basket-maker) who participated in exhibitions during the 1920s and 30s, seems likely to have been connected to the Hōsai lineage of bamboo artists. An earlier Chinese-style piece by Iizuka Hōsai I or II, executed in a similar combination of rarely seen elaborate plaiting styles, is reproduced in Tochigi Kenritsu Bijutsukan (Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts), Take no mezame: Tochigi take kōgei no seika (Masterpieces of Bamboo Art In Tochigi), Utsunomiya, 2014, pl. 1.