This style of basket was sometimes used for displaying fruit during the sencha tea ceremony but typically used to hold small tea or sake glasses while serving. Unlike the more refined morikago style fruit baskets, this signed antique basket is more rustic in nature with an open weave and the use of bamboo root and rattan knots. Sake cups are not included and only for understanding of how the basked was used. Very good condition. Dimensions: 8-0”h x 9-1/4”w
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection