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Japanese Hand Basket with Brocade Interior by Suzuki Gengensai

$5,800

About

This small elegant woven bamboo basket was meant to be a hand-hold bag with its brocade interior (which appears original). It was made 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 the former way, which helps to date the piece to 1914-1923. The basket is tightly woven in variation of twill plating that creates contrasting bands on the surface. The base was constructed with short bamboo stripes on the corners and side with ornamental knots. A closely related piece (Object Number: 2006.3.651) with slight different surface twill patterns is in the collection of Asian Art Museum San Francisco. Comparing the two, they show almost identical form as well as the base construction. Both also have brocade interior and most likely were woven during the same period. Another documented example can be found on page 180 in "Baskets Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art 1850-2015". An utensil basket with twill plating and bears the signature of the same variation. Provenance: Collection of Zen Art, Dr. Karl Hennig, Hamburg, Germany.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 6 in. (15.24 cm)Width: 7.5 in. (19.05 cm)Depth: 4.35 in. (11.05 cm)
  • Style
    Japonisme (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Bamboo,Brocade
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1914-1923
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Nice patina, minor wear along the rim, brocade partially covers the interior wall as intended and no longer completely attached to the wall and there are loose threads on the edge. The brocade base appears wholesome.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU945023701882

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    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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