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1. A large antique Japanese kasané dansu (double stacking chest) with original hand wrought iron fittings and fuku-urushi finish, a lacquer seal intended to preserve the wood. The prominent jomae (lock plates) are ornamented with kiri blossoms and the Umé-Také-Matsu - plum blossom, bamboo and pine, the 'Three Winter Friends', symbol of strength and endurance. The hikité (drawer pulls) are of the warabité form mounted with toshi-zogané (back plates) and handle guards above and below. When it is stacked, what becomes the lower chest has an attractive 'kobiraki-do' or iron clad door to a small safe. Circa 1860.

Measuring 29 ¼" high (53 ¼" high when stacked) by 45 ¼" wide by 18" deep, inc. custom made base.

 

         
         
 
 

2. A classic antique Japanese sendai, double stacking clothing chest (ishō-kasané-dansu) with red lacquer seal and hand wrought iron fittings. The four large drawers and kobiraki-do (small safe) are fitted with round jōmae (lock plates) engraved with sakura (cherry blossom) motif within an ivy arabesque. The drawer pulls are of the mokkō (melon) form against back plates cut and engraved as pine boughs, and the sumikanagu (drawer corner hardware) have a tea-seedpod motif. Original sao-toshi side carrying handles for the porter poles.

Measuring 20 ½”, 24” and 44 ½” high (when stacked) by 42 ¾” wide by 18” deep.

 

         
         
 
 

3. A most unusual antique Japanese kuruma-dansu (wheel-chest) with double drawers secured by a hand-wrought iron clad bo or locking bar. The bottom of the tansu consists of a pair of ribbed sliding doors with jomae (lock plate) on the left and two drawers above a larger drawer with jomae beneath. The sides of the tansu are reinforced with a series of five ribbed cross brackets and the wheels are recessed to give the appearance of a stationary chest. Keyaki wood with original hand wrought iron fittings. Circa 1880's.

Measuring 44" high by 50 ½" wide by 23 ½" deep.

 

         
         
 
 

4. A commanding antique Japanese triple stacking kiri-dansu with bold hand wrought iron fittings. Warabité form drawer pulls, sao-toshi (side carrying handles for a pole) and a strongly clad iron kobiraki-do (small safe). Iron fushi-kanago (corner braces) protect the corners of this highly functional light wood. Kiri or paulownia wood was very desirable for storage because of its unique ability to flex (expansion-contraction ratio) under atmospheric change and protect the contents from the effects of moisture. Circa 1850.

Measuring 52 ¾” high by 37” wide by 16 ¾” deep.

 

         
         
 
 

5. An antique Japanese tansu, small in scale with unusual configuration of various sized drawers and a double sliding door cabinet. Hand wrought iron fittings with original mochiokuri (side carrying handles).

Measuring 37" high by 31 ¼" wide by 15 ½" deep.

 

         
         
 
 

6. An antique Japanese miniature kiri dansu with hand wrought iron fittings. Original sao-toshi (side carrying handles for a pole), warabité form drawer pulls and a kobiraki-do (small safe) on the lower right. This tansu is striking for the contrast of the light wood with its attractively designed iron fittings. Kiri or paulownia wood was very desirable for storage because of its unique ability to flex (expansion-contraction ratio) under atmospheric change and protect the contents from the effects of moisture. Circa 1870.

Measuring 33 ¾” high by 30” wide by 16 ½” deep, including custom stand.

 

         
         
 
 

7. An unusual antique Japanese double stacking tansu with very attractive matching zelkova wood double sliding door cabinets and drawers. Simple in its design where nature takes the aesthetic lead. Keyaki wood casing and original bronze door pulls and hand wrought iron warabité form drawer pulls. Taisho Period (1912-25).

Measuring 22 ¾” and 45 ¼” high (when stacked) by 33 ½” wide by 16” deep.

 

         
         
 
 

8. An antique Japanese tansu of unusual size and shape. Two long drawers with handsome hand-wrought iron 'jomae' (lock plates) of kiku blossom form are situated left through center and the right side consists of a most attractive iron clad 'kobiraki-do' or door to a small safe above a small lower drawer. The finish still retains much of the original black and 'fuku-urushi' (red-brownish) lacquer seal, intended to preserve the wood. Meiji Period (1867-1912).

Measuring 23 ½" high by 51 ¾" wide by 15 ½" deep.

 

         
         
 
 

9. An antique Japanese armor chest of woven bamboo and kiri wood lattice with original iron rings for porter’s straps. Sealed with a black lacquer and the prominent display in red lacquer of the KATABAMI (oxalis blossom) MON (heraldic crest) of the Sakai Clan. Circa 1800’s. 

Measuring 21 ½” high by 31 ½” wide by 16” deep.

 
         
         
 
 

10. A most unusual antique Japanese sendai, single-section clothing chest (ishō yarō-dansu), with large and impressive lock plates (jōmae) depicting plovers and bamboo (gentleness and friendship); crane and tortoise (longevity); pine, bamboo and plum blossoms ‘sho-chiku-bai’ (strength and endurance). The top two drawers are followed by three double handled drawers and a kobiraki-do, the iron clad door to a small chest. Zelkova wood front and cryptomeria casing. Original kakute (square) drawer pulls and sao-toshi (side carrying handles) still intact. Circa 1870.

Measuring 41 ¼” high by 42” wide by 17 ¾” deep.