Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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An antique Japanese Kotansu (personal storage chest) made of Toneriko (Japanese Ash) and Keyaki (Zelkova) woods. All original Urushi lacquer and hand made bronze/nickel hardware including the Mokko handles. The accent corners and backplates have incised designs of feathers, vines, and flowers. The bottom drawer is lacquered in Makie with Bamboo and a landscape design while the body has a lacquered silhouette of auspicious lucky Japanese symboled. Six fully lacquered drawers for storage and... Click for details
item #1449513
An antique Japanese Kotansu (personal storage chest) made of Kirinoki (Paulownia) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. Original Urushi lacquer finish and hand forged iron hardware with Hirute handles. Four spacious drawers and a safe door that hides three small drawers for valuables. One small drawer has a secret false floor to hide precious smalls. Each side has 2 sets of carrying handles with one set used for long distance moves and a pair of hand held handles for placement in a... Click for details
item #1449314
An antique Japanese Kotansu (personal storage chest) made of Kirinoki (Paulownia) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. Original bronze hardware with 5 drawers for plentiful storage space. Constructed using straight dovetail joinery and hardened wooden nails.

Age: Meiji/Taisho Period (1910-1920)

Dimensions: 23 3/8" Wide by 25 3/8" High by 14" Deep
item #1449312
An antique Japanese Choba Tansu (merchant chest) made of Keyaki (Zelkova) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. Original hand forged iron hardware including the stylized Mokko handles. Seven drawers for organizing and storage with two sliding doors where store recordsn were kept and a safe door behind which two small drawers held merchant valuables. Am elegant chest that would also serve as a functional sideboard or storage cabinet.

Age: Meiji Period (circa 1880-1890)

Dimensions: 34... Click for details
item #1449310
An antique Japanese Kasane Tansu (stacking chest on chest) made of Keyaki (Zekova) wood. The body and drawer fronts use this highly prized and rare wood while the drawer backs and interior were made using Suginoki (Cryptomeria) wood. All original hand forged iron hardware with beautiful lock plates that feature the lucky treasure bag (Fukubukuro), Mokko style handles and drawer corners with fine stimple work. The safe door hides two small drawers that were used for the storage of valuables. ... Click for details
item #1448849
$4,750.00
An antique Japanese Nihon Matsu Kasane Tansu (stacking chest on chest) made of Keyaki (Zelkova) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. Original Urushi lacquer finish and hand forged iron hardware. The lock plates feature the lucky Sho Chiku Bai (Pine Bamboo Plum blossom) motif with two stylized Chrysanthemum knobs. The handles are in the Warabite style with handle stoppers that are butterflies above and plum blossoms below. The safe door below hides two small drawers for the storage of... Click for details
item #1448847
$2,750.00
An antique Japanese Kanazawa Mizuya Tansu (kitchen chest) made of Keyaki (Zelkova), Hinoki (Cypress) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. In 2 sections with sliding doors and drawers, the bottom doors open to a spacious storage area with a removable shelf. The upper left sliding door pair reveal a permanent split level shelf while the right side doors and the top doors open to more storage space. Original Urushi lacquer and hand forged Hirute handles complete this elegant tansu. It has an... Click for details
item #1448846
$4,200.00
An antique Japanese Gyosho Bako (peddler's chest) made entirely of Kirinoki (Paulownia) wood. Original hand forged iron hardware with four articulated bottom loops to allow through a carrying cord. Four exposed drawers with 6 hidden drawers behind the hinged security door. Beautiful rustic charm that makes for a functional side table or a one-of-a-kind collector's tansu.

Age: Edo Period (1750-1800)

Dimensions: 11" Wide by 36 1/4" High by 16 3/4" Deep
item #1448796
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An antique Japanese Kotansu (personal storage chest) made entirely of Kirinoki (Paulownia) wood. All original hand forged iron hardware including the Warabite handles. With six drawers total this chest was used to store letters, ephemeral, and small personal goods. Side handles were used to move the tansu from room to room.

Contemporary function includes using this as a side table or a bedside nightstand.

Age: Meiji Era: (1880-1890)

Dimensions: 27 1/4" Wide by 21 1/4"... Click for details
item #1448607
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A rare antique Japanese Kyushu Choba Tansu (merchant chest from Kyushu island) made of Keyaki (Zelkova) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. The frame of the chest was made using Suginoki wood measuring a very thick 1 1/ 8". Constructed with straight dovetail Japanese joinery and hardened wooden nails. It has 5 drawers and a pair of hinged doors that open to a spacious storage area with a split level shelf. All original hand forged iron hardware.

Age: Early Meiji Period... Click for details
item #1448605
$6,500.00
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