Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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A two section antique Japanese Isho Biraki Tansu (stacked clothes chest with hinged doors) made entirely of Kirinoki (Paulownia) wood. Original bronze hardware and a center Kuwanoki (Mulberry) wood door decorative overlap. Very well constructed with thick wood, straight dovetail joinery and hardened wooden nails. The doors open to four removable kimono trays.

Originally used for kimono and clothes storage, the classic design works well in any home decor. It functions as a clothes... Click for details
item #1426910
An antique Japanese Ranma (transom) that was highly detailed and hand carved out of Akita Suginoki (Cryptomeria from the Akita region) with a Hinoki (Cypress) frame. It features a landscaped Shinto shrine grounds complete with the shrine complex, pine trees, clouds, a Torii gate, a Pagoda, and a beautiful footbridge. The image is carved on both sides to show the front and back of the complex.

The Ranma was used in Japan typically above the Fusuma sliding doors between rooms to provide... Click for details
item #1426665
An antique Japanese Gifu Mizuya Tansu (kitchen chest from the Gifu region of Japan) made of Hinoki (Cypress), Kaki (Persimmon) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. All original bronze hardware including the Warabite handles and the incised decorative sliding door handles. Mortise and tenon joinery with horizontal side supports and sliding doors with Persimmon runners for strength and aesthetic beauty.

Upper display open shelf unit used to showcase seasonal decor if guests were present or... Click for details
item #1426638
A Japanese ranma (transom) with a Hinoki (Cypress) frame and an Akita Sugi (Akita Cryptomeria) wood hand carved bamboo and plum blossom theme in a highly detailed three dimensional relief. Most likely mounted in a wealthy Japanese home or a fancy Ryokan (country inn). Its main theme is a majestic Plum Blossom tree (known as Bai) accented with Bamboo (Chiku). The ranma was often mounted above the Fusuma sliding doors between rooms to allow the air to circulate freely. This allowed each room... Click for details
item #1426637
This is an antique Japanese 3 section Isho Biraki Tansu (kimono storage chest with hinged doors) made of Kirinoki (Paulownia) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. Top section has a split level shelf behind the sliding doors with three small side by side drawers below the doors. Three removable kimono storage shelves hide behind the hinged doors on the center section while the bottom section has large spacious drawers. There are inset exposed side handles on the bottom and center sections that... Click for details
item #1426215
A rare antique Japanese Sakata Kasane Tansu (chest on chest) made of Kirinoki (Paulownia) wood. All original thick gauge hand made iron hardware with beautiful Chrysanthemum knobs on the lock plates. Constructed using thick solid Paulownia wood for the drawer fronts, the case was made using traditional dovetail joinery with all parts secured by hardened wooden nails. The top section features 2 side carrying handles on each side and both sections have side swivel handles for ease of... Click for details
item #1425639
An antique Japanese Kimono Tansu made of Keyaki (Zelkova) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. Original Urushi lacquer finish and hand made iron hardware. Hinged door hides 2 drawers. Hidden recessed side handles, Warabite drawer handles and lock plates designed with a repeating stylized cloud and rain pattern complete this chest.

The writing on the back of this tansu roughy translates to: A gift from Otsuki Fukuju from Numabe Village, Shibata-gun, Showa 18, giving as a gift by matchmaker... Click for details
item #1425562
A rare antique Japanese Cha Tansu (tea chest) made of Kuwanoki (Mulberry) and Kirinoki (Paulownia) woods. The tansu was made using solid Kuwanoki burl wood in front and solid Kuwanoki wood on the case and back. The sliding doors open to a spacious storage area while the lift-out door opens to a split shelf area for book storage. Two drawers feature lock plates in the form of stylized Cherry Blossoms.

There are secret locking tabs that lock the left and right drawer of the set of three... Click for details
item #1425470
An antique Japanese Kasane Tansu (stacked chest on chest) made entirely of Kirinoki (Paulownia) wood. Constructed using straight dovetail joinery and hardened wood nails. Alll original hand made iron hardware. Sho Chiku Bai (Pine, Bamboo, Plum) motif on the handle backplates. Interior of drawers feature side handles for ease of carrying. Upper section has lift-up side handles and bottom section has swivel side handles both designed to let a bamboo or wood pole through the handles allowing two... Click for details
item #1425460
An antique Japanese Kyodai Kesho Bako (mirror & make-up box) made of Kurinoki (Chestnut) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. All original bronze hardware and Urushi lacquer finish. Four drawers and a hinged cover that hides a mirror stand and a bronze hand mirror. The cover flips open to reveal a holding base to which the mirror stand is held in place. A brocade cover protects the bronze mirror which is decorated with the family Mon (crest) and a landscape scene with a large Wisteria tree as... Click for details
item #1425457
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