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.

Dimensions:
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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