Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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Japanese Kiri Small Choba Tansu
Japanese small choba tansu, or chobako (merchant's chest) constructed of Kiri wood (paulownia) with all natural finish, hand-forged iron corner plates, handles, and round lock plates. The pieces holds 7 front doors in a variety of sizes, with a pair of sliding panel doors opened by foliate metal handles, and locked closed with an iron pin mechanism. The interior behind these doors holds a shelved compartment within.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 24" x 12" x 22... Click for details
item #1374930
$1,950.00
Japanese Samurai Armor Box (Gusoku Bitsu)
Antique Japanese gusoku bitsu (carrying box for samurai armor). Constructed of Kiri (paulownia) wood with original red lacquer finish and black lacquer frame, its edges reinforced with hand-forged iron plates and locks. The back has shoulder straps, made of leather and braided reeds, on iron rings for carrying. A kanji inscription between the leather straps gives the previous owner's name.

Edo Period (1603-1868)

Dimensions: 31" H x 17" x 14 1/2"
item #1374577
$800.00
Japanese Kiri Choba Tansu
Japanese choba tansu, or merchant's chest. Constructed of Kiri (paulownia) wood with original finish. This small merchant's tansu holds 2 medium drawers with round locks on top, with 4 small drawers below, and the largest drawer along the bottom also with round lock. The center of the chest holds a storage compartment behind two sliding panel doors with metal pulls.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 41" H x 17" x 14 1/2"
item #1374569
$950.00
Japanese Edo Kiri Fune Bako
Japanese fune bako (ship safe box) constructed of Kiri wood, with heavy hand-forged iron plates. The front door of the box is mounted on five large hinges and decorated in heavy iron plating with foliate motifs. The top of the door has an auspicious kanji symbol in iron. Inside the fune bako are five drawers of varied size with foliate edge handle mounts and locks. The piece has a warabite handle for carrying on top.

Edo Period (1603-1868)

Dimensions: 16.5" x 19.5" x... Click for details
item #1374454
$3,500.00
Antique Japanese Nine Drawer Ko Tansu
Antique Japanese ko tansu, or small chest made of Sugi (cedar wood) with 9 drawers. Original finish and condition. Dates from Meiji period c1900.

Dimensions: 34" x 16.5" x 17"H
item #1374394
$575.00
Japanese Two Section Kiri Tansu
Antique Japanese two section Kiri (paulownia) wood clothing tansu. The piece holds 4 drawers, with heavy, square iron pulls, and large round lock plates incised with 3 circle mon. Original, natural finish wood.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 35.5" L x 16.5" D x 47.5" H
item #1374390
$2,250.00
Antique Japanese Single Section Tansu
Japanese single section clothing tansu, with Kuri burl hardwood front drawers, iron lock plates with foliate edges, warabite pulls, fan-shaped iron corner hardware. The bottom corner has a safe door with round lock plate and ring pull. Inside are the two smallest drawers in the chest.

Meiji period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 34 1/4" x 15" x 18 3/4" H
item #1374386
$800.00
Japanese Gyosho Kannon Bako
Rare Japanese gyosho kannon bako. Constructed of Kiri wood with original red lacquer finish. The piece is fitted with hand-forged iron plates and mounts. The front of the chest holds 3 small drawers in its lower section, with a pair of large doors above. The interior of the chest has a large open compartment with a long drawer long the top. The sides are fitted with iron rings and handles with a long cord so the piece may be carried on a merchant's back.

Edo Period (1603-1868)... Click for details
item #1374334
Price on Request
Japanese Stacking Document Box
Unusual Japanese stacking box comprised of 10 shallow compartments for the storage of important documents or calligraphy implements. The edges of each compartment are reinforced with hand-forged iron plates. The tall box is held together by a long cord.

Edo Period (1603-1868)

Dimensions: 9.5" : x 14" D x 16.5" H
item #1374119
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Rare Japanese Kiri Wood Gyosho Bako with Ichi Mon
Rare Japanese gyosho bako (peddler's chest) made with Kiri wood (paulownia). With raised lacquer Ichi mon on its hinged front door with red lacquer backside. The door opens to a shallow front compartment with red lacquer frame interior. The top of the chest has a hinged lid with hand-forged iron plating and lock, opening to a deep inner compartment. The bottom area of the peddler's box holds a long sliding drawer with iron ring pulls on either side and red lacquer sides. This unusual, tall Kiri... Click for details
item #1374117
$4,000.00
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