Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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Japanese Antique Bamboo Ikebana Basket with Rope Bamboo
Antique Japanese moon handle basket for ikebana flower arranging. Made of split bamboo that has been twisted into rope and woven tightly together along with criss-crossing whole bamboo stalks. The deep reddish color of the split bamboo contrasts dramatically with the light color bamboo stalks. The wildness of the weaving highlights the tidiness of the overall form of the basket.

Age: Meiji Period (1868-1912)
item #1432533
Japanese Antique Tobako-bon (Tobacco Box)
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
Japanese Antique Rare Gyosho Bako (Peddler's Box) Set for a Barber
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
Japanese Antique Yosegi Kobako (Marquetry Drawer Box) with Lid
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
Japanese Antique Large Moon Basket for Ikebana
Antique Japanese large moon handle basket for ikebana flower arranging. Split bamboo is twisted and woven into an openwork star pattern. Dramatic looping handle made of wide, layered split bamboo.

Age: Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 16 1/2" high x 18" long x 11" wide
item #1432457
Rare Japanese Antique Gourd Uma-jirushi, Samurai Standard
Antique Japanese uma-jirushi, flag standard for battle. This uma-jirushi is a large inverted gourd surrounded by smaller gourds. The great daimyo, Hideyoshi Toyotomi (famous for being the second unifier of Japan) made the upside down gourd his uma-jirushi symbol. A large upside down gourd was placed on top of his flag pole and smaller gourds were added around it with each victory. Called "Sen nari hisago" or "thousand gourds". The gourd also symbolizes the 7 Lucky Gods, good luck, good... Click for details
item #1432402
Pair of Chinese Antique Porcelain Figures Hehe Erxian, Heavenly Twins
Antique Chinese pair of porcelain figures of standing children, each holding a vase with lotus. Dressed in traditional baby clothes, the "heavenly twins" are delicately painted with enamel in a famille verte pallet. Impressed signatures on the bottoms.

Hehe Erxian, "two immortals of union and happiness", comes from the ancient story of two best friends, Hanshan and Shide, who were Buddhist monks. Joining the pantheon of Daoist immortals, they came to symbolize harmony and... Click for details
item #1432400
Japanese Antique Bronze Suiban with Dragons
Antique Japanese bronze suiban with raised designs of dragons on the front and back. Swirling mist motifs decorate the sides of the suiban and continue on the four feet it stands on. A key motif runs along the edge of the rectangular container. Four character mark on the bottom. Suiban are intended for displaying flowers (with a kenzan) or for displaying suiseki scholar stones for viewing and contemplation. Some repair to the feet.

Age: Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions:... Click for details
item #1432397
Antique Japanese Kyoto Todana Tansu (Sideboard)) Hinoki Meiji Era
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
Antique Japanes Yonezawa Kasane Tansu 2 Section Kuri Urushi Meiji Era
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
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