Merchant’s document cabinet
Price: € 1.350,00
Charming completely restored wooden chôba’dansu 帳場箪笥 (merchant’s document cabinet) in one section. Fully restored, cleaned and waxed.
It has a wide drawer on top, with a pair of sliding doors underneath, and at the bottom two smaller drawers next to each other. The interior behind the doors with a shelf.
The cabinet is made of hinoki cypress wood. Slightly varnished in an appealing warm brown hue. The panels of the sliding doors are made of burnt cypress wood, showcasing their striking natural wood grain.
The drawers are equipped with slender ‘warabite’-shaped bail handles with small round backplates. All the drawers run very smoothly, are very deep and have a lot of volume, for easy storage.
The sides are fitted with sturdy horizontal bars. Which is a great indicator of its quality and age.
A lovely detail of this cabinet is that all the corners, front and back, stick out a little bit.
It is in a very good restored condition. No keys present. Please see the photos for a condition reference.
Height 91.1 cm, Width 93.9 cm, Depth 46.7 cm.
Meiji-period / Taishô-period (First part 20th century )
Chôba-dansu: These chests were used by chōnin (merchants) on the chôba (raised platform area of a shop) to store daifukucho (account books) and related business materials. These chests come in many sizes but are usually of only one section with numerous compartments and a wide variety of interior configurations. If visible to the customer, the face wood and hardware could be of high quality to convey a favourable impression. (From Wikipedia)
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.