Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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Japanese Antique Kannon Biraki Choba Tansu
Japanese antique choba tansu (merchant's chest) with kannon-biraki cabinet doors (opening outward on hinges). The doors open to reveal one interior shelf. These door panels as well as the safe box door are both removable. (The hinge pins are built into the door side of the lock and slot into the hinges on the tansu frame.) There are 6 drawers of various sizes. The safe box on the lower right hand side has two additional small interior drawers. The tansu is made all of kiri (paulownia)... Click for details
item #1365729
Antique Japanese 2-Section Sugi Tansu
Antique Japanese 2-section Sugi (cedar) wood "isho tansu" or clothing chest. With a small lockbox built into the bottom section, holding two small drawers inside. Original condition.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 36.75" L x 16.5" D x 40" H
item #1365718
Japanese Antique Soroban (Merchant's Abacus)
Antique Japanese soroban (abacus). Used by merchants, this large sized abacus has eyelets for hanging. It has 21 rows of wooden beads with 5 beads in each column (105 beads total). The beads are fitted onto wooden dowels. Behind each dowel is a boar's hair bristle which holds each bead in position when it's pushed upward even while the soroban is hanging sideways.

Showa Period (early-mid 20th century)

Dimensions: 43" wide x 12" high x 2 1/4 deep.
item #1365717
Antique Japanese Lacquer Ko Tansu
Antique Japanese ko tansu (small chest of drawers). The piece is made with Sugi (cypress) hardwood top and sides, while the front is made with Kuri (chestnut) wood, with the original red lacquer finish and black lacquer frame. The piece holds five drawers of various sizes with heavy iron lingzhi form lock plates, and warabite style handles.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 25" L x 9" D x 22.75" H
item #1365541
Antique Chinese Framed Heron and Lotus Painting
Large framed Chinese painting on silk ground, of two white herons crouching beneath lotuses and reeds, as a small hummingbird flies into frame from the top lefthand side. The painting is displayed within a bamboo style gilt hardwood edge frame.

18th/19th Century

Dimensions: 37" W x 60" H
item #1365540
Antique Japanese Geta Bako
Antique Japanese geta bako (shoe chest). Made of sugi (Japanese cypress) wood. The sliding panels are carved with a bird on pine branches. The largest compartment has sliders with vertical slats with bamboo details and shelves on the inside for shoes. There is a tall, narrow compartment on the right for umbrellas.

Taisho Period (early 20th century)

Dimensions: 34 1/2" high x 28 1/2" wide x 11 3/4" deep.
item #1365483
Antique Japanese Kiri Gyosho Bako
Antique Japanese Kiri (paulownia) gyosho bako, or merchant's box. The tall, slender box door opens by a ring pull on a round lock plate . The interior holds three open shelves with two lower drawers. Original finish hardwood.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 9" W x 12" D x 16.75" H
item #1365482
Rare Japanese Kiri Filing Tansu
An unusual Japanese Kiri (paulownia) tansu. The top and bottom of the chest holds the longest two drawers. The midsection holds 6 identical drawers with kan (ring) pulls, similar to a medicine tansu with many small drawers. All original finish hardwood. Possible amerchant tansu to store paper.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 30" L x 13.5" D x 21" H

item #1365472
Japanese 2-Section Osaka Mizuya (Kitchen Tansu)
Japanese antique mizuya (kitchen tansu) in two sections from the Osaka area. The frame of this piece is made of hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood and the panels are made of keyaki (elm) wood. The finish is all original with a deep brown lacquer on the frame and a translucent reddish orange lacquer on the drawers and sliding panels. The top section has a large compartment with solid sliding panels above another compartment covered with carved open work panels and wire mesh. Below this is a... Click for details
item #1365442
Antique Japanese Ko Tansu
Antique Japanese ko tansu, or small hardwood chest of many drawers. Made of Sugi (cedar wood), all original finish and condition. Several drawers feature hand-written kanji adding charm to the piece.

Dimensions: 34" L x 16.5" D x 17" H
item #1365316
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