Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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Japanese Lacquer Incense Box with Plum Blossoms
Japanese lacquer incense box with low-relief designs of plum blossoms in maki-e lacquer on finely sprinkled nashiji lacquer ground. The plum branch pattern is continuous along the sides of the box. The base and interior of the box are finished in fine nashiji lacquer, and the space where the lid and base join together is done with silver.

Edo period Late 18th Century

Dimensions: 3" x 2" x 1 3/8" H
item #1396872
Charming 18th C. Japanese Lacquer Kogo with Rabbit Pounding Mochi
A round Japanese kogo or incense box with sprinkled gold lacquer maki-e motif of an anthropomorphic rabbit pounding mochi. The rabbit wears a decorative robe with scrolling vine motifs. The interior of the box and foot are adorned with nashiji gold flake on black lacquer ground.

Edo period Late 18th Century

Dimensions: 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" H
item #1396867
Antique Japanese Gold Landscape Inro
Japanese gold lacquer inro with five compartments, decorated in low relief landscape scene of lakeside mountains, cottages, pagodas, pine trees, and bridges in gold lacquer and accents of silver. The reverse side shows a tiny man in a boat traversing the waters. The inside compartments are covered with dense nashiji lacquer (fine gold flecks). Underneath the bottom compartment is an artist's signature with red chop. With some losses.

Inro (seal basket) are small decorative... Click for details
item #1396539
Tibetan 18th Century Green Tara Thangka
Antique Tibetan thangka painting of Green Tara, one of the manifestations of the bodhisattva of protection. The central figure of Green Tara is flanked by bodhisattvas while the Amitabha Buddha is seated directly above her head. Below Tara are a fierce deity with mortal attendants carrying offerings. Thangka translates to “that which can be rolled up”, as traveling monks could easily carry them from place to place to use as a teaching tool.

18th century... Click for details
item #1396536
Unusual Antique Japanese Boxwood Skull Ojime
Japanese boxwood ojime bead carving of a skull, finely detailed with realistic cranial fissures, charming missing teeth, pierced eye sockets and nasal cavity, with tiny handmade chisel marks visible under the jaw. The ojime is a cord fastening bead, used to secure an inro container to the wearer's obi or sash.

Edo period (1603-1868)

Dimensions: 1 1/2" x 1" x 1"
item #1396527
Antique Japanese 2 Section 3ft Mizuya
Japanese 2 section Mizuya (kitchen chest of drawers) made with Hinoki (cypress) wood frame and Sugi (cedar) panels, with natural hardwood burl front drawers panels. The top section is configured with two small and three very small drawers below a large interior compartment. The sliding panels are decorated with carved wood accents and copper pulls with floral medallions. The bottom section holds the largest interior compartment behind sliding panels. The sides of the chest are slatted... Click for details
item #1396482
Japanese Antique Gilt Lacquer Kobako with Inside Tray
Antique Japanese small kobako (incense box) with inside tray. The outside is decorated with a scene of a garden fence, chrysanthemums, hydrangeas and daisies in gold lacquer on a nashiji ground. The interior is covered in fine nashiji. The small tray stands on tiny feet and has a pavilion scene with twisted pines all in gold lacquer on a matching nashiji ground.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 4" high x 6" wide x 4" deep.
item #1396479
Japanese Antique Lacquered Keyaki Box with Garden Gate and Moon
An Exquisite antique Japanese large box made of keyaki (elm) wood burl and decorated with a design of a bamboo garden gate, tall grasses, chrysanthemum blossoms and the moon. Very high raised maki-e lacquer in gold and red with shell inlay. Tied with it's original tassel and with tomobako. Provenance: from a family living close to Kyoto's Imperial Palace.

Meiji Period (Early 19th century)

Dimensions: 10 1/4" high x 10" wide x 12" deep.
item #1396423
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Japanese 2Section Kiri Tansu
Japanese 2 section Kiri (paulownia) isho tansu, or clothing chest of drawers. With hand forged iron hardware and pulls with chrysanthemum studs beneath. The top and sides of each section are branded with a medicine gourd bottle signature.

Meiji period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 33 3/4" x 15 3/4" x 41 3/4" H
item #1396411
Japanese Taisho Period 2-Section Kiri Kimono Tansu
Japanese 2-section kimono tansu made all of this kiri (paulownia) wood. Original pale finish. Wood is cut so thick and fits together so perfectly that the interior of this piece is air tight. The top portion has sliding panels covering a personal compartment with a shelf and two small drawers on the right and two shelves on the left. One of the small interior drawers has writing on the inside with presumably the maker's name and two keys. Below this is a series of 7 stacked full-width... Click for details
item #1396366
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