Japanese apothecary tansu made with Kiri (Paulownia) wood in original red lacquer finish, with an iron carrying handle on its top for transportation. The chest holds 35 deep drawers with small ring pulls, each drawer bears an interior calligraphy inscription in sumi ink to indicate which medicine belongs in which drawer. The 36th drawer is the largest at the bottom of the chest with the same larger handle as the top of the chest.
Rare Japanese Yonazawa Keyaki (zelkova) burl front tansu with original golden honey lacquer finish. The round lock plates on each drawer feature the emblem of the Taira clan, whose mon is the swallowtail butterfly or ageha.
The Taira were one of the four important clans that dominated Japanese politics during the Heian period (794–1185) – the others were the Fujiwara clan, the Tachibana clan and the Minamoto clan.
Rare Antique Japanese Solid Keyaki Burl Fan Lock Tansu
A rare and unusual Japanese Keyaki burl choba tansu with original dark red translucent lacquer finish. The front of the chest has two hinged doors with hand forged iron fan lock plate, with two drawers below. When the chest is opened, it reveals a spacious interior with a large open compartment, a long top drawer and three smaller all burl wood drawers along the side.
Early Meiji period (1868 - 1912)
Dimensions: 25 1/2 x 15 x 25 3/4 h
Antique Japanese Keyaki Fune Bako
Antique Japanese solid Keyaki (zelkova) hardwood fune bako or ship safe box. The front of the box has heavy iron plating with the number one (ichi) within a circle, motifs of reishi mushrooms, pine trees and flowers with heavy lock plate. The box's interior hold two medium drawers over three small drawers, with squared and round iron pulls, and red lacquer fronts. Original finish.
Edo period (1603-1868)
Dimensions: 15 1/2" x 19" x 18"
Rare Japanese Low Shop Desk Tansu
Unusual Japanese hardwood low shop desk tansu. Original red lacquer finish with heavy iron plates and mounts. The table surface is hinged with three doors that open to interior compartments for papers and other merchant's effects. The middle door has a lady's portrait with calligraphy inscriptions detailing the piece is from a residence in "Ume-yashiki, Tokyo" with the name "Shimbashi Kotatsu" and dated 25th year Meiji 1893. The right side of the chest holds four small drawers with ring pulls.... Click for details
Antique Japanese Gyosho Bako
Antique Japanese 3 drawer gyosho bako or merchant's box, with original red lacquer finish. The top of the box has a carrying handle and the 3 drawers are opened by hirute shape iron pulls with square locks and corner hardware.
Dates Edo age c1800
Dimensions: 17" x 14" x 15 1/2" H
Antique Japanese Small Kiri Tansu
Unusual Japanese Kiri (paulownia) tansu with 8 drawers and a lift away panel opening to a shelved interior with spacious room. The 8 front drawers feature small round locks and warabite pulls. Original finish and condition.
Meiji period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 25" L x 12 1/2" D x 19 1/2" H
Rare Antique Japanese Gyosho Bako
Rare Japanese gyosho bako or peddler's chest, constructed with Kiri (paulownia) wood in original dark brown/black lacquer finish. The tall, narrow box is two sections stacked held in place by iron latches on the sides. Each drawer front has square pulls and floral lock plates with brass accent hardware. The top drawer of the bottommost section has a secret hidden compartment for storing precious treasures. Unusual finish in wonderful original condition.
Japanese small Kiri (paulownia) tansu, with pair of sliding panels concealing a shelved interior compartment, and five drawers of various size with metal pulls and locks. Original condition and finish.
Taisho period (1912-1925)
Dimensions: 24" L x 12" D x 19" H
Unusual Antique Japanese Calligraphy Brush Kanban Shop Sign
Unique Japanese Keyaki (zelkova) hardwood kanban shop sign carved to resemble a calligraphy brush, with black, beige, and red pigment lacquer, hung by an iron hook and chain, with two character shop name carved in front of the brush handle. Original finish and patina consistent with age.
Hand forged 200 year old Japanese Iron mounts included with sale.