A Japanese Edo to Early Meiji Period Tansu from the Sendai northern region of Japan. This style of tansu configuration was used only by the ruling Samurai Class.
The outer case is made from a darl oak stained Kiri wood, Sugi wood interiors on the drawers with Keyaki Wood facings. The outer surface was lacquered initially in a dark brown ki-urushi. Over the years this has become detached in areas through use. Tansu are designed to be portable, so one would expect to find bumps and scrapes which show character.
The drawers are configured as follows.
Top Draw: This extra long draw was used for storing the swords of the samurai.
Left Side: A set of three drawers of which two are protected by a central locking bar called a Bo.
Right Side: Three sections consisting of two drawers and one safe door. Inside the safe are two further smaller drawers.
All hardware Kanamono is hand made with decorative uchi-dashi floral work. The top drawer has a family crest. All handles are hand-forged from iron, and the sides have two iron sliding carrying handles.
We have restored this tansu. It has been protected against infestation, all surfaces have been consolidated and waxed. We have been very sympathetic to ensure that the piece retained its history.
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