Beautiful one-section ishô dansu 衣装箪笥

Price:  1.850,00

Beautiful and completely restored wooden bô’dansu 棒箪笥 (cabinet of drawers with a locking bar) in one section. Fully restored, cleaned and waxed.

The cabinet is made of indigenous hinoki 桧 (Japanese cypress) wood with all around a deep red Shunkei-style 春慶 lacquer still showing the lovely natural wood grain.

The cabinet has four large stacked drawers of which the lower three are protected by a vertical safety bar. Underneath a mid-sized and small drawer.
All the drawers are very deep and have a lot of volume, for easy storage. They run very smoothly as well.

The decorative lock plates of the ishô dansu are decorated with chrysanthemum-shaped 菊 (kiku) knobs. The drawers are equipped with sturdy “warabite”-shaped bail handles.
The locking bar with hardware in the shape of a crest 紋 (mon) depicting three plum blossoms 梅 (ume).
The sides of the cabinet with in total four similar grip handles (totte), two on each side. The sides are also equipped with a pair of pole-carrying handles, one on each side as well. These were used for easy transport.

It is in a very good restored condition with some minor traces of age. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.
Including a original keys for the locking bar. This mechanism functions in the old fashioned Japanese way, not very smooth.

Height 98.5 cm, Width 86.8 cm, Depth 42.4 cm.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Meiji period (1868-1912)

Tansu is the traditional mobile storage cabinetry indigenous to Japan. Tansu were rarely used as stationary furniture. Consistent with Japan’s minimalist aesthetic, traditional homes appeared rather empty. Tansu were not visible in the home except at certain times for specific situations. They were kept in kura (storehouses) adjacent to homes or businesses, in nando (storage rooms), in oshiire (house closet alcoves), on choba (raised platform area of a shop) and on some sengokubune (coastal ships). Mobility was obtained through the use of attached wheels, iron handles for carrying or protruding structural upper rails for lifting. (From Wikipedia)

Ref. No. : 211771


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