Mizuya’dansu 水屋箪笥

Price:  3.300,00

Very large and high quality completely restored wooden mizuya’dansu 水屋箪笥 (kitchen cabinet) in two sections. Fully restored, cleaned and waxed.

It is made of hinoki cypress wood. And only slightly varnished, giving it a tad warmer colour.

The upper part has a pair of sliding doors fitted with hexagonal thumb grips decorated with flowers. Underneath, five thin drawers in different sizes.
The lower part with one large drawer, four stacked medium-sized drawers, three stacked small drawers and a hinged door. Behind the hinged door two small drawers, and above these a small hidden compartment.
The drawers are very deep and have a lot of volume, for easy storage. They run very smoothly.

All the drawers are equipped with sturdy ‘leech’-shaped bail handles with matching back plates.
The drawers of the lower part of the cabinet have rectangular lock plates decorated with a single circle and knobs in the shape of chrysanthemums 菊 (kiku).

The sides are equipped with four pole-carrying handles in total, one on each side of the upper and lower part for easy transport.

This amazing mizuya’dansu is in a very good restored condition. Delivered without the keys.

Height 170.8 cm, Width 120.8 cm, Depth 50.1 cm.
Meiji period (1868-1912).
The name “mizuya dansu” derived from the word “mizuya” (literally “place of water”). A space adjacent to the main room of a teahouse where shelving and a bamboo grate existed for cleaning and storing ceramics. Kitchen “dansu” is a result of the transformation of eating and cooking habits in the Edo-period. The change was driven by new vegetables and other crops which allowed the Japanese to devote time to the art of making meals rather than cooking one-pot meals for survival. It is not mere coincidence that the first cookbooks arrived in the same period as the birth of kitchen cabinetry. (From
Kunstauktionshaus Zemanek-Muenster)

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : 200550


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