Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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Japanese Antique 2-Section Gifu Choba Tansu
Japanese antique 2-section choba tansu from the Gifu area. This merchant's chest is made of hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood and has extensive horizontal wooden slats on the sides for support. The top portion of the chest has sliding panels with horizontal slats which match the sides and one full-width drawer. The larger bottom section also has sliders with horizontal slats and 5 drawers of various sizes. There is small safe box (with key) on the lower right hand side which opens to 2 small... Click for details
item #1353892
Japanese Keyaki Wood Choba Tansu
Antique Japanese choba tansu, merchant's storage chest. This front of this tansu is made all of keyaki (elm) wood with original translucent lacquer finish and dramatic grain. The top portion has 2 sliding panels. The middle portion of the chest has a pair of large sliding panels which open to a compartment with one shelf. The right hand side and bottom portion of the chest are made up of 7 drawers of various sizes and a compartment with a drop in door panel.

Taisho Period... Click for details
item #1353854
Antique Japanese Two Section Futon Tansu
Antique Japanese two section futon tansu. The upper section has double sliding burl wood panel doors which house a roomy storage interior. The bottom section is comprised of six burl front drawers with decorative cloud design locks.

item #1353799
Antique Japanese 2-Section Kiri Tansu
Antique Japanese 2-section Kiri (paulownia) wood isho tansu, or clothes chest. Classic design with warabite style iron handles and semi-circle locks. The bottom section features a safe box with two small drawers locked away within. Working key is included.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Size: 37" L x 16.5" W x 41" H
item #1353628
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Japanese Meiji Period Keyaki Wood Sendai Isho Tansu
Japanese antique single section isho tansu (clothing chest) made with dramatic keyaki (elm) wood burl on the front and sugi (cryptomeria) frame. The tansu is has a beautiful translucent light color lacquer finish on the front. The sides and top are lacquered a more opaque deep reddish brown. Two small drawers line the top portion of the chest. Under this, are three large drawers. The right hand side of the chest has two more small drawers; one above and one below the safe box door. Inside... Click for details
item #1352982
Unusual Japanese Two Section Choba Tansu
Unusual Japanese two-section choba tansu (merchant's chest), made with Kiri (paulownia) front hardwood, Sugi (cedar) sides, and two large Keyaki (elm) sliding door panels with a roomy, shelved interior space. Each drawer opens with hirute style iron handles and a simple squared lock. Its sides are reinforced with horizontal slats.

Meiji period (1868-1912)

Size: 47.5" L x 16" W x 64" H
item #1352935
Antique Japanese Two Section Mizuya
Antique Japanese two-section mizuya (kitchen tansu) in all original finish hardwood of Hinoki (cypress) frame, Sugi (cedar) sides and large front panels, and Keyaki (elm) front drawers. The upper section has four sliding Keyaki front panels above two large sliding doors with wire mesh and horizontal panels carved with lingzhi mushrooms, with four small drawers at the bottom. The lower section is comprised of two large doors opening to a roomy, shelved interior.

Meiji period (1868-1912)... Click for details
item #1352927
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Antique Japanese Unusual Choba Tansu
Antique Japanese unusual choba tansu (merchant's chest) with original red lacquer finish hardwood. A single long drawers runs along the top, with four small drawers along the righthand side, and two large, hinged doors on the left, with an interior storage area. Simplistic decorative iron plating of round locks, squared (kakute) handles, and scalloped corner hardware decorative the front and frame of the piece.

Meiji period (1868-1912)

Size: 32.75" L x 13.5" W x 26.5" H
item #1352919
Antique Japanese Keyaki Front Tansu
Unusual Japanese single section isho tansu (clothing chest), with dramatic Keyaki (elm) front drawers, opened by simplistic hirute style handle pulls and small, squared locks. Its bottom safe box opens to reveal three small drawers within, for the storage of smaller precious articles.

Meiji period (1868-1912)

Size: 42" L x 18" W x 42" H
item #1352606
Antique Japanese Sendai Tansu
A gorgeous Japanese isho tansu (clothing chest) from the Sendai region, with a red lacquer Sugi (cedar) frame and Keyaki (elm) front drawers in its original, rich honey finish. Each drawer opens with mokko (melon) style handles on lotus back plates, and is adorned with elaborate scrolling vine iron locks. The bottom safe box holds three red lacquer front drawers, and hides away a secret back compartment.

Meiji period (1868-1912)

Size: 46.5" L x 23.5" W x 34.5" H
item #1352603
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