An antique Japanese Cha Tansu (tea chest) made of Toneriko (Tamo Ash), Tochinoki (Horse Chestnut) and Kiri (Paulownia) woods. Original bronze hardware and finish. Center sliding doors feature a removable shelf behind.
Toneriko wood was popular during the late Meiji through Taisho era in Japan due to its beautiful visually stunning grain pattern. Having had its second wave of popularity during the past 2 decades, it has substantially increased in price making it harder to find and collect.
The Cha Tansu was originally used as a storage cabinet for keeping teacups, teapots and utensils for casual daily use. Typically placed in the guest receiving room of a house, it would be prominently displayed for its beauty and use. As a contemporary chest, it works well in any room to add charm and elegance as well as storage functionality.
Age: Meiji-Taisho Era (1910-1920)
Dimensions: 30" Wide by 37 3/4"High by 13 1/2" Deep