Tansu is the traditional mobile storage cabinety of Japan. Tansu was first recorded in them Genroku era of the Edo period (1688–1704).
During the time period in which tansu gradually became a feature of Japanese culture and daily life, 1657–1923, both hard and softwoods were used by tansuyas (tansu craftsmen), often in practical combination for a single chest. Woods commonly used in tansu included elm, chestnut, pine, cedar, paulownia and cypress.
This chest is in lovely original condition, (some knocks & wear commensurate with its age), and is well proportioned with 4 external drawers and 2 more hidden benath a small hinged door.
The five locks are all in working condition with what looks to be the original key. The round metal escutcheons have lovely detail.
In the Tansu book, these Ko-Dantsu are described as small personal chests.
Height 550 mm
Width 540 mm
Depth 300 mm
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