Restored ishô dansu 衣装箪笥 (Cabinet of drawers)
Large beautiful and completely restored ishô dansu 衣装箪笥 (cabinet of drawers) in two sections. Fully restored, cleaned and waxed. Made from native Kiri Paulownia wood and all original hardware protecting the corners.
The front in the untreated natural colour of kiri-wood, a nice contrast to the sides and top which are varnished in a warm deep red colour.
The cabinet has large circular decorative lock plates decorated with a mon 紋 of a kikyô 桔梗 (Chinese bellflower). The lock plates all have knobs in the shape of kiku 菊 (chrysanthemums). Sitting next to and under the lock plates are slender tôshi-zagane handles.
Both the upper and lower part have two large drawers on the left side and three smaller drawers on the right. The drawers are very deep and have a lot of volume, for easy storage. They run very smoothly. Every drawer is lockable with the two original functional keys. The keys function in the old fashioned Japanese way, not very smooth.
With four “carry-on” handles on each side of the upper and lower part for easy transport and “locking” the upper section to the lower part (please see pictures).
Meiji period (1868-1912).
This kind of cabinets originate from Yamagata Prefecture in the north of Japan.
Height 93.6 cm, Width 121.5 cm, Depth 45.4 cm.
Period: 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)
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.