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 double stacking 'Kyoto Mizuya' with characteristic smoked finish. Detailed with hammered bronze fittings. Three sliding door compartments, two hobnail and slat construction, and one with open mesh for ventilation of perishables. Eight drawers. Circa 1870's.

Measuring 68" high by 70 ½" wide by 21 ½" 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 large antique Japanese mizuya dansu (kitchen cabinet) of a unique configuration of drawers and double sliding door cabinets that allowed a diverse variety of storage possibilities. The top section is comprised of a cabinet that extends the entire width and is fronted by four sliding doors and beneath this cabinet is four equal sized drawers. The lower section of the cabinet has five consecutive drawers to the left and on the right side a variety of smaller drawers and sliding
door compartments including burlwood and ribbed front doors and a ‘kobiraki-do’, the iron clad door to a small safe. Original hand wrought fittings with a smoke bengara finish to seal the wood. Circa 1890.

Measuring 67” high by 74” wide by 19 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 18th century kakesuzuri style ‘Funa-Dansu’ or ship’s chest. These chests were used on merchant vessels plying the Sea of Japan and the Inland Sea between Osaka and Hokkaido. With political stability by the Tokugawa shogunate, merchants were increasingly inclined to risk investment, especially in the supply of raw materials and food to the expanding city of Edo. In that it served the interests of the government to control the merchant guilds, free trade was encouraged and eventually supported by a law in 1623 ordering open trade between the provinces. Enterprises merchants saw that water routes offered great potential; river, canal and lake transport of high-volume cargoes was a growing business in the early 17th century. An expanded interest in sea-route transportation soon followed. As early as 1619 cargo vessels were being sent from Osaka to Edo with oil, sake and cloth, and from Sendai on the north Pacific coast to Edo with taxation rice from government lands. This example dates from the mid to late 1700’s and retains its original hand wrought iron hardware. The aimeita or lock plate has a tekaké-jō (lock button) with a floriated cover and the obikanagu (sash hardware) is pierced with sacred fungus and heart designs. The chōban (hinges) are secured with long Kasugai (staples) and the corners of the funa-dansu are protected by fuchi-kanagu (corner braces). At the top is a hand wrought warabité form carrying handle.

Measuring 16” high by 13 ½” wide by 16 ½” deep.



7. A handsome antique Japanese cho-bako style 'funa-dansu' literally ship's chest with hand wrought iron fittings and brads. The heavy ironwork of thick warabité form handles stylistically predates the more prevalent Meiji Period cho-bako we are accustomed to seeing. Late 1700's to early 1800's.

Measuring 10 ¾" high by 8 ¾" wide by 12 ½" 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.