Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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Japanese Antique Small Kiri Tansu
Antique Japanese small tansu chest made all of kiri (paulownia) wood. The chest is configured with seven drawers of various sizes: 3 small drawers above 2 medium drawers above 2 large drawers. Black iron hardware includes 7 round lock plates, circular corner bracing and square drawer pulls.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 23 1/4" high x 27" wide x 13" deep.
item #1382496
Unusual Japanese Choba Tansu
An unusual vintage Japanese Choa tansu with Keyaki burl front hardwood panels. The chest is decorated with highly ornate floral motifs and filigree seen through the iron plating and hardware. Each drawer and compartment has a black lacquered interior. The tansu has side handles for transport. dates from Showa c1950

Dimensions: 21 1/2" x 13" x 31" H
item #1381073
Japanese Small Personal Kiri Tansu
Japanese small tansu chest, made all of kiri (paulownia) wood. Nicely constructed with thick kiri wood used for the drawer interiors, making them slide easily. 6 drawers of various sizes and one compartment with an interior shelf closed by a hinged door. Simple bronze hardware with warabite shaped drawer pulls.

Taisho Period

Dimensions: 21 1/2" high x 24" wide x 13 1/2" deep.
item #1380923
Japanese Antique Small Kiri Wood Tansu
Antique Japanese small tansu chest made of kiri (paulownia) wood. It has six drawers of various sizes and a compartment with a small shelf covered by two sliding panels. Hardware is made of iron and includes warabite shaped drawer pulls, round lock plates, corner bracing and side handles.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 18 1/2" high x 23 1/4" wide x 11 1/4" deep.
item #1380920
Antique Japanese Persimmon Wood Tansu
Antique Japanese single section tansu made with Persimmon hardwood panels with art deco style chevron motifs. The sliding pair of panels open by lotus motif metal pulls. Inside are two compartments, one open and the other with multi level interior shelving and a small drawer. The bottom of the chest holds two long drawers.

Dimensions: 45 1/2" x 16 1/2" x 24 1/2" H
item #1380905
Antique Japanese Keyaki Burl Choba Tansu
Antique Japanese choba tansu (merchant's chest) made with Keyaki (elm) burl front hardwood and hand-forged iron hardware and plating. The merchant's chest holds two drawers over a sliding pair of panel doors with open compartment inside. Below this are seven small and two large drawers, each with "warabite" shaped pulls and decorative iron corner hardware. The original finish compliments the dramatic, natural burl grain.

Meiji period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 30 1/2" L x 16... Click for details
item #1380422
Antique Japanese Unusual 3ft Mizuya
Antique Japanese 3 ft Mizuya with an open shelf for the display of tea articles, with 2 sets of Keyaki (elm) burl wood front sliding panels , and bold "shou sugi ban" sliding panels below, both in front and in back of the chest.

Dimensions: 27 3/4" L x 15 1/2" D x 68" H
item #1380128
Rare Large Japanese Kannon Biraki Safe Tansu
A massive Japanese solid Keyaki (elm) hardwood Kannon Biraki merchant's chest. Decorated with hand-forged iron plating, the motifs seen throughout the piece's hardware include the image of Ebisu, one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Fortune, proudly holding up a freshly caught fish, a large Mokko (melon) shaped lock on the front pair of doors, with flowers and pine trees adorning the drawer below in the form of its lock and handle plates. Inside the chest are six more drawers, with a secret... Click for details
item #1379723
Antique Japanese 2 Drawer Clothing Tansu
Antique Japanese single section tansu made with Kiri (paulownia) and Sugi (cedar) wood in its original, natural wood finish. The piece holds 2 long drawers, decorated with round keyholes, metal pulls, and iron plates and handles on both its sides.

Taisho Period (1912-1925)

Dimensions: 35" L x 14 3/4" D x 19" H
item #1379505
Antique Japanese Kiri Isho Tansu
Japanese clothing tansu constructed of natural finish Kiri wood (paulownia) and Sugi (cedar) wood, the piece has two stacking sections and a Kiri wood base.The upper section holds two sliding doors and three small drawers while the lower unit holds the two largest drawers for folded kimonos and other clothing articles.

Taisho period (1912-1925)

Dimensions: 35" L x 15" D x 39" H
item #1379502
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