An antique Japanese Kyoto Mizuya Tansu (kitchen chest) in 2 sections made of Keyaki (Zelkova), Hinoki (Cypress), Kaki (Persimmon) and Sugi (Cryptomeria) woods. All original bronze hardware with burled Keyaki door panels and drawer fronts. Unique and natural thunder bolt-like grain pattern on the Hinoki wood frame. Side horizontal supports add strength and aesthetic beauty to the tansu. Inverted trapezoid shaped runners at the base of each sliding door.
Its original use was as a kitchen chest used to store large jars of water, cooking/eating utensils dishes, cookware and daily leftovers. The storage area behind the center sliding doors with its original wire mesh functioned similar to the American pie safe.
Age: Meiji Era (1890-1900)
Dimensions: 46 1/2" Wide by 64" High by 17 1/8" Deep