Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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Antique Japanese Tobako-bon (tobacco box) with two small drawers. The top portion has an open square compartment lined with copper, a small rectangular-shaped space and another square compartment closed with a wooden lid. Just above the drawers is a long diagonal space to hold pipes. The box has a bamboo handle for carrying. Made with hardwood burl.

Age: Early Taisho Period (c.1920)

Dimensions: 6" high x 9" wide x 7" deep
item #1432532
Antique Japanese rare gyosho bako (peddler's box) for a barber. A set of 3 separated boxes that fit together and can be easily carried. The largest box has 5 drawers with bronze hardware including hirute shaped drawer pulls and decorative peony back plates. The top of the box has 2 open compartments, a small covered compartment, and a handle for carrying. On the right side, a smaller box attaches onto the large box with 2 hooks. This box is narrow and has one compartment divided on the... Click for details
item #1432527
An antique Japanese Yosegi Kobako (marquetry personal drawer box) from the Hakone region made of various natural colored woods with a Hinoki (Cypress) structure and drawer backs. The expert craftsmanship is quite evident by how the front marquetry design flows seamlessly across all of the drawers. Made with various woods including, kiri (paulownia), keyaki (zelkova elm), and persimmon. The box has 5 drawers with moko shaped drawer pulls. The interior of each drawer is lacquered black. The... Click for details
item #1432519
An antique Japanese Kyoto Todana Tansu made of Hinoki (Cypress) and Sugi (Cryptomeria) woods. Two large sliding doors open to a spacious storage area with a center shelf. Horizontal wooden slats on the doors and the sides allow for visual aesthetics and strength of the chest. Side swivel handles were used for transporting this chest by running a long wood pole through the handles allowing a group of helpers to easily carry this chest from location to location.

The Japanese philosophy... Click for details
item #1432361
An antique Japanese Yonezawa Kasane (stacked chest on chest) Tansu made of Kurinoki (Chestnut) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. Original natural Urushi lacquer finish with hand made iron hardware. Lock plates feature incised Plum Blossom motif surrounded by an arabesque pattern. Mokko handles are completed with stylized symbolic Pine Tree backplates. Drawer fronts are decorated with the raised tea leaf corners. Constructed using Japanese joinery techniques and hardened wood nails. Two... Click for details
item #1432354
An antique Japanese Mizuya Tansu (kitchen chest) made of Keyaki (Zelkova), Hinoki (Cypress) and Sugi (Cryptomeria) woods. Original hand made iron drawer pulls in the shape of a full moon with bow style back plates. Sliding doors feature Kakinoki (Persimmon) wood inlaid handles. Constructed using mortise and tenon joinery with horizontal side ribs for strength and durability. Abundant storage space behind both sets of sliding doors with additional space available in the four drawers.... Click for details
item #1432146
A rare antique Japanese Kasane (stacking chest on chest) Tansu made of Keyaki (Zelkova) and Sugi (Cryptomeria) woods. Original Urushi lacquer finish and hand made iron hardware. Double side by side upper drawer design sometimes considered the matriarch pattern among Sendai Tansu collectors. Beautifully poised Shishi or Botan (Peony) motif on all of the lock plates with unusual scalloped cast framing surrounding each image. Warabite handles with incised Chrysanthemums along the bottoms of... Click for details
item #1432103
An antique Japanese Kasane Tansu in 2 sections with a 3 drawer upper and 2 drawer lower design made of Kiri (Paulownia) and Sugi (Cryptomeria) woods. All original hand made iron hardware with Urushi dark red lacquer finish and Gumbai handles. Constructed using straight dovetail joinery and hardened wooden nails. Lock plates have hand engraved auspicious symbols with Sho Chiku Bai comprising the upper section while the crane and turtle making up the bottom section.

Sho Chiku Bai or... Click for details
item #1431783
An antique Japanese Zeni Bako (merchant coin box) made nearly entirely of Keyaki (Zelkova) wood. All original hand made iron fittings. Rope holes at the bottom sides used to tie and secure box for transport. Top has original round coin insert with neighboring later created coin slot to accept larger coins for safekeeping. Removable cover features a hard mount iron loop allowing a lock to be added to keep it from opening. Small bottom drawer with iron loop connection was made for the same... Click for details
item #1431780
An antique Japanese Kyoto Mizuya Tansu (kitchen chest) made of Hinoki (Cypress), Keyaki (Zelkova) and Sugi (Cryptomeria) Woods. Constructed using through mortise and tenon joinery. Sliding doors hide a spacious storage area and a hinged door with hand tied wired panel behind which dry goods and items requiring air circulation were stored. The sides feature horizontal supports for strength, durability and visual aesthetics. All original iron hardware including the Warabite... Click for details
item #1431687
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