Tall and fantastic wooden Kansai 関西 chôba’dansu
Price: € 2.450,00
Tall and fantastic wooden Kansai 関西 chôba’dansu 帳場箪笥 (merchant’s document cabinet) in two section. Fully restored, cleaned and waxed.
The drawer fronts are made of indigenous kiri (paulownia) wood, and the exterior of hinoki cypress wood. It 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 sliding doors and a removable panel with precious Keyaki wood (Zelkova – “Japanese oak”) panels with a striking natural woodgrain, and six drawers of different sizes. The sliding doors are fitted with oval patinated metal thumb grips, and the loose panel with a wooden knob with white inlay. Both opening to a spacious storage area.
The lower part constructed with six drawers of different size and a hinged door heavily clad with iron and opening to two more draws.
The drawers are equipped with sturdy iron ‘warabite’-shaped bail handles with circular escutcheons, and the ones of the lower part also with circular lock plates fitted with raised knobs in the shape of chrysanthemum flower heads (kiku).
Each side equipped with three slender totte (grip handles), and a large rectangular bail ‘pole carrying’-handle.
This type of cabinet originates from Kyôto/Kansai area.
The chôba’dansu is in a very good restored condition. The drawers and sliding doors run very smoothly. The cabinet is deep so there is a lot of volume for easy storage. Please see the photos for a condition reference. No keys included
Height 163.1 cm, Width 90.7 cm, Depth 39.1 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)