Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
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Antique Japanese Zeni Bako (Merchant Coin Box) Keyaki & Secret Box Edo
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
Korean Antique Bandaji, Blanket Storage Trunk
Antique Korean bandaji, blanket storage trunk. Original finish with deep, rich patina. Iron hardware with cut out designs in hinges, lock plates, corner and side bracing. The door opens downward to a large compartment with a high shelf for storing smaller items. Though these trunks were used for storage of household items, bedding was usually folded and placed on top, thus giving them the name blanket storage chest.

Age: Joseon (Chos┼Ćn) or Yi Dynasty (early... Click for details
item #1431689
Japanese Antique Yari Saya, Spear Blade Cover with Shell Inlay
Antique Japanese yari saya, carved wooden cover for a yari spear. Favored by many samurai and ashigaru (foot soldiers) for the reached allowed by the long pole arm, the yari was a popular weapon for greater military use. At times of peace during the Edo Period, the yari also acted as a ceremonial weapon. The job of the yari saya was to protect the blade when not in use. Often the yari saya was decorated, in this case with inlaid shell. Over the shell is a very fine scrolling vine motif... Click for details
item #1431688
Antique Japanese Kyoto Mizuya Tansu Kitchen Chest Hinoki Keyaki Meiji
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
Antique Japanese Ranma Transom Temple Grounds and Landscape Taisho
An antique Japanese hand carved wood Ranma (transom) framed in Hinoki (Cypress) and hand carved in deep relief of Akita Sugi (Northern Cryptomeria) woods. Featuring a complex multi level temple and grounds amidst a a beautiful pine tree forest with mountains and clouds in the foreground and background. Continuous elaborate design on the reverse side of the transom.

Age: Meiji/Taisho Era (1910-1920)

Dimensions: 72" Wide by 15 3/4" High by 2 1/2" Deep
item #1431683
Antique Japanese Todana Tansu Sideboard Chest Momiji Keyaki Meiji Era
An antique Japanese Todana Tansu similar to the western sideboard cabinet or chest made of Momiji (Maple) for the drawer fronts and frame and Keyaki (Zelkova) panels for the sliding doors. with the interior made of Japanese Suginoki (Cryptomeria) wood. Original hand made iron hardware including the Warabite handles. Floating panels for the front, sides and top to prevent the wood from cracks from expansion and shrinkage. Constructed using through mortise and tenon Japanese joinery for strength... Click for details
item #1431627
Antique Matsumoto Kimono Isho Tansu Kiri Meiji Era
An antique Japanese Matsumoto Kimono Isho Tansu made entirely of Kiri (Paulownia) wood. All original hand made iron hardware including the stylized Gumbai handles and the fancy lock plates with hand pounded stippling work. Each side both have side hand carrying handle as well as swivel handles through which a wood pole can be fitted allowing two persons to carry the tansu from place to place. The hinged door hides two small drawers for storing valuables. Hardened wood nails were used in its... Click for details
item #1431624
Antique Japanese Kasane Tansu (Stacked Chest on Chest) Kiri Meiji Era
This is an antique Japanese Kasane Tansu (stacked chest on chest) made entirely of Kirinoki (Paulownia) wood. All original hand made iron hardware with Warabite handles and lock plates that resemble a full moon. The handles on the sides swivel up to both interlock the upper section to the lower section and to allow a bamboo pole through the handles allowing two persons to easily carry each section from place to place.

Kirinoki was a prized wood used in the making of kimono chests due to... Click for details
item #1431622
Antique Korean Scholar Low Desk 18th C Choson Dynasty Visual Bookstack
An antique Korean scholar's low desk made of Chestnut drawer fronts and heavy old growth Red Pine wood for the balance of the piece. Designed with cubby-holes for the book stack of small manuscripts and books providing a Korean scholar's precious visual arrangement. Brass drawer pulls with foliated backplates. Delineated hard mounts with foliated tips to match the desk design.

There are 7 drawers for the storage of brushes, papers, inkstone and paperweights and the construction... Click for details
item #1431619
Semi-Antique Sarouk Persian Carpet
Lovely semi-antique Sarouk Farohan hand-knotted carpet from Persia. In good color palette of red-rusts and navy. Important produced piece is signed and dated on borders in Farsi. Good condition with fringed ends.

Age: Circa 1940s

Size: 3'0" x 5'0"
item #1431512
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