Ishô dansu 衣装箪笥 (

Price:  1.300,00

Beautiful and completely restored wooden ishô dansu 衣装箪笥 (cabinet of drawers) in two sections. Fully restored, cleaned and waxed.

It is made of hinoki cypress wood. The front is only slightly varnished, giving it a tad warmer colour than its original hue. The sides and the top are varnished just a little bit darker.

The cabinet has large circular decorative lock plates. Next to the lock plates are solid tôshi-zagane handles.

Both upper and lower part have two large drawers. The drawers are very deep and have a lot of volume, for easy storage. They run very smoothly.

The sides are equipped with four pole-carrying handles in total, one on each side of the upper and lower part for easy transport and “locking” the upper section to the lower part (please see pictures). The backplates of these handles with an openwork motive.

The ishô dansu is in a very good condition. Please see the photos for reference. Delivered without the keys.

Height 98.7 cm, Width 91.0 cm, Depth 39.2 cm.
Late Meiji-period early Taishô-period.
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)

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : 203230


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