Very wide Sendai ishô dansu 衣装箪笥 (cabinet of drawers)
High quality and ravishing very wide Sendai ishô dansu 衣装箪笥 (cabinet of drawers) in one section. Fully restored, cleaned and waxed in Japan.
The drawer fronts are made of solid precious Keyaki wood (Zelkova – “Japanese oak”) coated with a shiny lacquer emphasizing the intriguing natural warm brown wood grain. The exterior is made of indigenous hinoki cypress wood varnished in a deep red hue.
It is configured with six drawers of different size and a hinged door opening to three small drawers. The large ornate open worked lock plates featuring a crest 紋 (mon) depicting a diamond-shaped chrysanthemum in a circle 丸に菊菱 (maruni kikubitsu). In the centre with a raised knob also shaped like a chrysanthemum, and flanked by scrolling foliage. The sturdy iron ‘mokkô’-shaped bail handles fitted with small chrysanthemum-shaped escutcheons. The drawers are very deep and have a lot of volume, for easy storage. They run very smoothly.
The hinged door with hardware featuring a large three-tiered kiku with a pull ring. The hinged door is still complete with its original key, which functions in the old fashioned Japanese way, not very smooth.
Each side with a sturdy retractable pole-carrying handle. These handles were used for easy transport.
It is in a very good condition with some traces of age and wear. Please take a close look at the photo op the top surface. For a clear condition reference, please look at the photos as well.
Height 89.6 cm, Width 120.9 cm, Depth 44.8 cm.
Period: Japan – Meiji period (1868-1912).
Sendai tansu is a type of cabinet of drawers made in the city of Sendai, Miyagi prefecture which lies in the north of Japan. Usually they are made of Japanese chestnut, cedar, and zelkova wood, and renowned for their highly ornamented iron fittings and three different types of beautiful Japanese lacquer coating. To complete a single chest of drawers, an average of 100 to 200 metal fittings are made in a variety of shapes with pictorial designs and motifs, which are traditional bringers of good luck and fortune. (from Kogeijapan)
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