Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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Antique Japanese 2 Section Isho Tansu
Japanese 2 section isho tansu (clothing chest of drawers) constructed of Kiri (paulownia) wood with Keyaki (elm) burl front panels, and hand-forged iron plating and hardware. The top section of the chest holds a large open compartment with five drawers below. The bottom section of the tansu holds five drawers for clothes storage.

Meiji period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 35" x 16" x 62 1/2" H
item #1392379
Antique Japanese Edo Calligraphy Box
Japanese antique box constructed of Kiri (paulownia) wood with original dark red lacquer finish. The top iron handle may be used to carry the box, and it also opens the top shallow compartment for safely keeping calligraphy papers. Below, the main body of the box holds two long drawers originally used for ink stones, brushes, and other scholar's implements.

Edo period (1603-1868)

Dimensions: 14 1/2" x 10" x 11 3/4"
item #1392091
Antique Japanese Sado Island Tansu w/ Seven Lucky Gods Motifs
Antique Japanese tansu from the Sado Island area, with extensive hand-forged iron hardware plating incised with dedicative Seven Lucky Gods motifs. The 2 section Isho tansu has an all Kiri wood exterior with Sugi sides and top exterior. The chest is composed of 7 drawers in an unusual configuration, with 2 keys. The safe box holds 3 internal drawers its door, above which are two unusual small drawers for seals, coins, and other keepsakes.

Meiji Age c1900

Dimensions: 46... Click for details
item #1391979
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Antique Japanese 2 Section Mizuya
Japanese 2 section Mizuya (kitchen tansu) made with Hinoki (cypress) and Sugi (cedar) wood, with hardwood burl panels. The top section holds two compartments behind sliding burl front panels. Below are two more panels with mesh and horizontal carved panels with four red lacquer front drawers below. The bottom section contains the largest storage area with a removable shelf, enclosed behind two large sliding panels with slats.

Dimensions: 46 1/2" x 17 1/2" x 63 1/2" H overall
item #1391741
Japanese Antique Single Section Mizuya (Kitchen Tansu)
Antique Japanese single section mizuya (kichten chest). Made of hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood with dark keyaki (elm) wood burl panels. The left side of the tansu has a compartment opened by sliding doors with vertical slats. The right portion of the chest has a smaller compartment opened by sliders with decorative cut outs and wire mesh. Below these compartments are 8 drawers of various sizes all with keyaki wood fronts and round iron drawer pulls.

Meiji Period... Click for details
item #1390297
Japanese Antique Keyaki Wood Kura Tansu, Edo Period
Antique Japanese kura tansu (warehouse storage chest). Made of keyaki (elm) wood with iron hardware. The top portion has a large compartment covered by sliding panels with vertical slats. The bottom portion has another compartment covered by sliding panels with horizontal and vertical slats. Heavy wooden braces for strength on sides and back of chest.

Late Edo Period (1603 - 1868)

Dimensions: 35 1/2" high x 35 3/4" wide x 19 3/4"deep.
item #1389871
Rare Edo Period Japanese Solid Keyaki Wood Karuma Tansu
A rare antique Japanese karuma tansu (wheeled chest) originally used for storage. Made out of keyaki (elm) wood with hand forged iron hardware in very good original condition. Large sliding panels open to reveal an open shelf on the right side with a hidden storage area under the shelf. The left hand side has an open shelf with 4 drawers tucked underneath. Symmetrical uniform wooden horizontal bracing on the sides and back of tansu. Gorgeous original finish and patina. Unusual to find one... Click for details
item #1389869
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Rare Large Edo Period Japanese Kannon Biraki Tansu
Incredible Antique Japanese kannon biraki tansu (storage chest with hinged doors) made of hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood with original deep brown lacquer finish. The interior consists of 10 drawers of various sizes made all of kiri (paulownia) wood. Each drawer has a square lock (with key) and warabite shaped drawer pulls. Extensive hand forged iron hardware on the exterior includes 9 hinges on each door, cross bracing and two locks (with key). Original finish and condition.

Mid... Click for details
item #1389523
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Japanse Antique 2-Section Gifu Choba
Antique Japanese 2-section choba tansu (merchant's chest) from the Gifu area. Made of hinoki wood with extensive horizontal slats on the sides. The top section has sliding panels with horizontal slat over two small interior drawers. The bottom section has a long drawer over another sliding panel compartment also with horizontal slats. Below this is a series of 4 drawers of various sizes and, on the right, a small safe door covering two small interior drawers. Hardware includes round lock... Click for details
item #1389016
Japanese Rare Keyaki Wood Isho Tansu from the Sendai Area
Japanese Antique keyaki (em) wood isho tansu (clothing chest) from the Sendai area. Top portion of the chest has two small drawers (a rare configuration). There are 7 exterior drawers of various sizes and a safe box with a hinged door (with key) covering three small interior drawers. Hardware includes large lock plates with chrysanthemum mon and ornate pierced carved leaves.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 35" high x 46 3/4" wide x 17" deep
item #1388591
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