Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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Small Japanese Antique Merchant's Tansu
Antique Japanese small merchant's box. Although this tansu has the appearance of a gyosho bako (peddler's box), it does not have loops for carrying straps. It was probably custom made for a merchant's raised platform area. All of the drawers feature hand forged iron lock plates and mounts. One of the smaller drawers is stained with ink meaning it would have stored an ink pen for receipts and accounting. Made with all Kiri (paulownia) wood.

Meiji Period (1868-1912) Dimensions:... Click for details
item #1366657
Unusual Antique Japanese Kiri Chobako Tansu
Antique Japanese choba-ko tansu (small merchant's chest), made of natural Kiri (paulownia) hardwood (original finish). The chest holds a large open compartment with a single shelf behind two large doors, lined with 7 outer drawers. Each drawer opens by a squared, black iron handle. The smallest bottom-left drawer acts as a money collection box, with a coin slot right above it.

Edo Period (1680-1868) c1800

Dimensions: 23" L x 8.75" D x 20.5" H
item #1366580
Pair of Chinese Jumu Oxbow Arm Chairs
Pair of antique Chinese hardwood oxbow arm chairs, made of Jumu (elm) wood. The backrest of each chair has been carved with a coiled dragon, facing opposite to the other. The front apron of each seat is carved with a nice sloping outer edge. The legs are connected on all sides by a stretcher.

Early 20th century

Dimensions: 24" L x 19" D x 40" H
item #1366394
Japanese Woodblock Print Titled "Combing Hair" by Torii Kotondo
Japanese Woodblock print from artist Torii Kotondo (1900-1976). Print displays beautiful japanese woman combing her hair. Wearing a grey silk kimono with pink and darkened green floral details.The woman has lovely blush colored lips with shining raven hair. Print contrasted with blue toned graduated back ground. From the bijinga "12 Beauty" series. Contains signature and seals. Shown close up with detail images.

Circa 1929

Dimensions: 19" H x 13" W ... Click for details
item #1366389
Pair of Antique Korean Bedside Chests
Antique Korean pair of bedside chests on stands, with natural burl front panels. Both chests have book-matched front doors, meaning each door mirrors the other, creating symmetry. Original finish wood.

Chosun period

Dimensions: 29.25" L x 14" D x 24.75" H (on stands)
item #1366359
Japanese 6-Panel Byobu (Folding Screen Painting) w Moon & Wheat Field
Japanese 6-Panel byobu folding screen, with painting of a flowering wheat field under the full moon. The screen's paper hinges are done in gold gofun paper. Excellent condition, very presentable well suited for the times. The screen bears elements related to the Shijo School, hand-signed signature, with two red chops, attributed to Shiokawa Bunrin (1808-1877).

Taisho Period (Early 20th Century)

Dimensions: 150" L x 68" H
item #1366150
Antique Chinese Buffet Cabinet
Antique Chinese hardwood buffet cabinet, with two sets of front swinging doors, each with round lock plates and hinges. The interior of each side holds a single middle shelf, with two small drawers below.

Republic Period

Dimensions: 69” L x 18” D x 34” H
item #1365901
Japanese 6 Panel Byobu (folding screen Painting Mount Fuji / Harbor
Full 6 panel Japanese screen painting of a sweeping landscape with mountains, low hills and a lake with Mt Fuji rising in the background. Around the edges of the lake are clustered tiny houses. Painted in light mineral colors and ink on paper with gold flecks.

Taisho Period (early 20th century)

Dimensions: 68 1/2" high x 142 1/2" long
item #1365786
Antique Chinese Gongshi Scholar Viewing Piece
A large Chinese gongshi, or scholar rock, highly appreciated as a contemplative viewing piece by literati. The piece is formed by natural elmwood root that has been lacquered, entangling a lingbi stone, originating from the Anhui province of China. Inset within a wooden base.

19th Century

Dimensions: 16" x 20.5" x 35" H
item #1365780
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Japanese Antique Pair of Abumi (Stirrups)
Antique Japanese pair of abumi (samurai stirrups for horse riding). Made of iron and lacquered black with red lacquer foot. Each abumi is decorated with designs of kiri blossoms in gold lacquer. The buckle of each stirrup has an intricate pierced design and mon in gold lacquer. (Mounted on matching stands made of metal with wooden bases.)

Edo Period (early 1800's)

Dimensions: 16 3/4" high (10 3/4" high without stand) x 12" long x 5 1/2" wide.
item #1365778
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