Wooden ishô dansu 衣装箪笥 with circular lock plates

Price:  1.650,00

Stunning 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 in a soft brown hue.

The cabinet has large iron circular decorative lock plates. The knobs on the lock plates are in the shape of chrysanthemums 菊 (kiku). Flanked by sturdy iron rectangular bail handles with matching back plates.

Both parts with two large drawers. These are very deep and have a lot of volume, for easy storage. They run very smoothly as well.

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. One of these handles can be set by an original matching iron pin. Even though it is one, it still is a nice and noticeable feature of the cabinet, since these pins are almost always lost.
The bottom of each side with a semicircle out cut, creating lovely feet.

The ishô dansu is in a very good restored condition. Please see the photos for a condition reference. No key included.

Height 101.4 cm, Width 88.8 cm, Depth 46 cm.
Period: Japan – Meiji (1868-1912)

Tansu (箪笥) are traditional Japanese mobile storage cabinets. There are many different types of cabinets; form-wise, but also for the storage of many specific objects, like katana, documents, kimono etc. Starting as first recorded in the Genroku era (1688–1704) of the Edo period (1603–1867), tansu gradually became a feature of Japanese culture and daily life. Both hard and softwoods were used by tansuya (tansu craftsmen), often in combination for a single chest. This way the chests were still light enough for transport, while also housing precious (more heavy) wood types, like keyaki. Also features such as side handles, and being built up from several parts facilitated mobility of such an ingenious piece of furniture.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : 212325


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