Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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Antique Japanese Kanban Bulldog Sake Shop Sign
Charming Japanese kanban (shop sign) hand carved from solid carved Keyaki hardwood with gold gilt lettering. Carved with the image of a snarling bulldog in red lacquer and beige pigments. Shop sign for Bulldog sake shop.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 36" L x 1" D x 23" H
item #1378318
Antique Japanese 3 Drawer Merchant's Tansu
Unusual Japanese gyosho bako tansu (merchant's chest). With original red lacquer finish, this large piece holds three very deep drawers, each with squared kakute iron pulls on stylized pine tree mounts. The top drawer features a large central lock with flying crane motif, while the lower drawers feature chrysanthemum locks. The sides of the tansu also have two handles for traveling.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 22" W x 27" D x 39" H
item #1378260
Antique Japanese 1/2 Section Mizuya
Japanese half section Mizuya (kitchen tansu) constructed of Hinoki and Sugi wood, with a top set of solid sliding door panels (with chrysanthemum pulls), and a lower set of sliding door panels with crosshatched see-through doors.

Meiji Period (868-1912)

Dimensions: 56" L 18 3/4" D x 33" H
item #1378225
Japanese Two Section Kiri Sakata Tansu
Japanese two section tansu, made with Kiri (paulownia) wood with natural finish front drawers, and original black lacquered frame. The piece has pine tree shaped hand-forged iron lock plates, with warabite iron pulls. The locks are incised chrysanthemums and the corner hardware is fan iron plating. The piece holds a side lock box with a large decorative iron chrysanthemum plating and keyhole. Inside the box are two small drawers with triangular plates and round pulls. From the Sakata... Click for details
item #1378208
Antique Chinese Porcelain Puzzle Tea Pot
A Chinese porcelain puzzle tea pot with famille verte color palette motifs of flowers on flecked enamel ground. The teapot is in the shape of the Chinese character "fu" meaning "good fortune". The piece is hand-painted in enamel with the image of a court official and vase on one side, and an attendant holding a flower on the reverse side. Old restoration.

Dimensions: 7 1/4" x 1 3/4" x 7 1/2" H
item #1377981
Antique Japanese Imari Fish Charger
Japanese Imari ware porcelain charger with the image of a large koi fish in blue cobalt underglaze, with red and blue ground of scrolls, plum blossoms, the plate with fluted foliate petal edges, the underside with blue floral motifs and bands. The underside has a blue marking.

Circa 1800s

Dimensions: 14" x 2 3/4" H
item #1377977
Rare Japanese Hachigane with Karuta Tatami Armor
A rare example of a Hachigane armor with Karuta Tatami armor. The archer armor has a double arrow crest and its helmet is decorated with hair. Complete with kote, haidate, and suneate mounted on a metal stand. With a wooden platform base. The armor was attributed to the Boshin War (1868-1869). The clan with the Kaguma war wig of black hair.

19th Century Edo period

Dimensions: 22" x 20" x 62" H
item #1377975
Price on Request
18th Century Japanese Akoda Nari Armor with Swallow Tail Meadate
18th Century Japanese Akoda Nari Armor with swallow tail meadate of gilt brass. Complete set of kiritsuke iyozane dou with bear hair trim. Gold, dark brown lacquer, blue silk cords. The haidate is unusual withits form and construction. Armor is mounted on wooden platform and steel stand.

18th century Edo Period

Dimensions: 23" x 20" x 62" H
item #1377969
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Antique Chinese Hardstone Gourd Brush Washer
Chinese hard stone brush washer carved into a gourd bottle shape, with two separate pockets for brush washing, the top carved with smaller gourds and spiraling vines, the bottom carved smooth. The stone is light green with orange areas.

Dimensions: 3 1/4" x 1 1/2" x 1/2" H
item #1377919
Antique Chinese Hardstone Brush Washer
Chinese hard stone brush washer in the form of a flattened flower pod, edged with scrolling vines and flowers.

Dimensions: 2 1/2" x 2" x 1/2" H
item #1377910
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