Matsumoto bô’dansu 棒箪笥 (cabinet of drawers with a locking bar)

Price:  2.450,00

A detailed and fully restored Matsumoto 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 lacquered in a deep dark red hue.

The cabinet has three stacked drawers which are protected by a vertical safety bar. Underneath two more drawers and a hinged door. Behind this door are two small drawers. The smooth running drawers are very deep and have a lot of volume, for easy storage.

The sturdy iron bail handles of this cabinet are in the shape of two mirrored dragons facing each other holding a pearl in their mouth, placed on an ornamented open worked escutcheon.

The lock plates of the safety bar, the lower two drawers and hinged door are decorated with a mon 紋 (family crest) depicting a tachi-bana 橘 (mandarin orange). This mon is associated with the Tachibana family 立花氏. The knobs on these lock plates are kiku-shaped 菊 (chrysanthemum).

The sides of the cabinet with in total four warabite-shaped 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.

These type of cabinets originate from Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture, in Japan. Famous for their strength and elaborated hardware.

It is in a very good completely restored condition with some minor traces of age and use. Please look at the photos for a condition reference. No keys included.

Height 104.8 cm, Width 75.2 cm, Depth 40.1 cm.

Period: Japan – Meiji period (1868-1912)

Tachibana clan was one of the four most powerful kuge (court nobility) families in Japan’s Nara and early Heian periods. Members of the Tachibana family often held high court posts within the Daijō-kan (Ministry of State), most frequently Sadaijin (Minister of the Left). (From Wikipedia)

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : 211733


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