This is a 300 year old Edo era. Antique Japanese portable safe chest known as a kakesuzuri tansu dating to the early 1700s. (portable document and valuables tansu) has. The larger lower drawer has a fourth drawer inset wtihin its two part upper construction (see pictures 2, 10 & 11). All of the black lacquer sides are embellished with gold paintings of shochikubai - the Japanese three elements of happiness: pine, bamboo and plum blossoms.
The top handle (see pictures 8 & 12) is still strong enough to carry the weight of this chest even fully loaded. Kakesuzuri were used to hold documents and valuables (the forerunner of the attache case).This chest still has its original black kijiro (natural lacquer). The front lock does not have a key but can still be used to latch shut the front door. T he method of construction as well as all the forged iron work as well as the type of art work o. N this chest dates it to the mid Edo Era c.
The hinges, and latches are made of thick forged iron with a protective coat of burnt lacquer. The top handle as well as interior drawer pulls are of a thick forged copper. The front door closes securely when the closed and secured by the latching lock. T he top handle is still very secure (see picture 3) and provides a convenient way to transport this chest.All drawers open and close smoothly. The double hinged door swing. S open and closes easily.
As seen in my pictures, there is some noticeable wear to the black lacquer as well the gold artwork and along with a three century old warm patina t. Please enjoy the enlarged pictures to see the aged character of this 300 yr old tansu. Chest measures 8 1/4" wide by 9 1/2'' tall by 13" deep (21 x 24 x 33 cm). A very warm accent for your home or office.Great to hold pens, as well as, remote controls for the TV and stereo. Please enjoy the enlarged pictures to get a full appreciation of the fine.
Gold artwork on black lacquer. Wood on its two century old original patina.You'll love it, I guarantee it......... Sailerking and the Shogun's Gallery of Portland, Oregon have been in the Japanese antique business for over 38 years, and highly value our customers. Satisfaction Guarantee: All items are carefully described and photographed. Most items listed are antiques, and as such may have an expected amount of wear from normal use.
We do not sell items with major flaws without mentioning it in the listing. See photos and descriptions for condition. The item "ANTIQUE 300 yr old JAPANESE EDO ERA c. 1700 KAKESUZURI DOCUMENT SAFE TANSU CHEST" is in sale since Saturday, September 26, 2020.This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Boxes". The seller is "sailerking" and is located in Portland, Oregon. This item can be shipped worldwide.