Tall cabinet from Gifu province
Price: € 2.700,00
Striking wooden Gifu chôba’dansu 帳場箪笥 (merchant’s document cabinet) in two section. Fully restored, cleaned and waxed.
Made of indigenous hinoki (cypress) wood and sugi (cedar). The entire outside is varnished in a sought after warm brown hue, a colour that we like to call ‘golden oak’.
The upper part constructed with a pair of barred sliding doors and two adjacent drawers. The lower part with similar sliding doors, five drawers of different sizes and a hinged door heavily clad with hardware, opening to two more drawers.
The sliding doors are fitted with sliding locks with raised knobs shaped like chrysanthemum flowers (kiku). The smooth running drawers with sturdy iron ‘warabite’-shaped bail handles and large circular ‘full moon’-type lock plates fitted with the same flower-knobs.
The cabinet is very spacious and ideal for easy storage due to the many different type of compartments.
The sides feature sturdy horizontal bars.
This type of cabinet originates from the Gifu prefecture (central Honshu).
It is in a very good restored condition. Please see the photos for a condition reference. No keys included
Height 143.9 cm, Width 81.4 cm, Depth 36.7 cm.
Period: Japan – Meiji period (1868-1912).
Chôba’dansu: These chests were used by chōnin (merchants) on the choba (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.