This hanging Japanese woven bamboo Hana-ire known as a wall-pocket vase, and is from the Showa period, probably around 1950s, based on the signature and when this type of container was popular. Traditionally hung on a wall in the Tokonoma alcove, or on a pilaster during the various seasons that flowers are blooming. This is a beautiful formed basket, for small hanging flowers, kake hanaire, probably for chabana, or tea ceremony flower arrangement in a tokonoma. It is woven from bamboo and has a gorgeous patina and in excellent overall detail and skilled craftsmanship. Ideal for a graceful floral display and has its original bamboo insert (hold the flowers and water). Signed by the craftsman but unidentified. Excellent vintage condition. Dimensions: 5-0” dia. x 7-0”h.
The guest of a Japanese family normally sits in front of the Tokonoma, so that they he can enjoy the display of “art objects” especially prepared for them. These can include Bonsai, Suiseki, Bamboo Wall Vases and scrolls or seasonal artwork, family relics or something that will help the viewer to reflect, meditate or simply enjoy. It is not (always) an opportunity to show off such items but to offer something that is both subtle and a natural compliment for cut flowers.
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