Merchant’s document cabinet

Price:  1.600,00

Well-made wooden ryôbiraki’chôba’dansu 両開き帳場箪笥 (merchant’s document cabinet with double doors) in a single section. Fully restored, cleaned and waxed.

It is made from indigenous kiri (paulownia) wood varnished in a nice warm dark brown hue with a lovely patina.

Exterior constructed with double doors clad with four sturdy iron hinges and a rectangular lock plate. The corners decorated with reticulated heart shapes and the backplates of the rings formed like a diamond shaped flower. The left door fastened to the interior by a slidable lock.

The doors open to an interior with six drawers of different shape. They are equipped with circular iron lock plates and ‘hirute’-shaped bail handles.
The inside of the doors fitted with copper decorative protective hardware.

The sides equipped with retractable iron ‘pole carrying’-handles and ‘warabite’-shaped totte (grip handles).

The chôba’dansu is in a very good restored condition with some minimal traces of age. The drawers 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. One key included working on the door lock. The key functions in the old fashioned Japanese way, not very smooth.

Height 58.1 cm, Width 89.6 cm, Depth 47.7 cm.
Period: Japan – Late Edo period (First half 19th century).

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.

Ref. No. : B3247


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