This is a 240 year old. Antique Japanese gyoshobako-dansu (peddler's chest) from the mid. It was used in its day to transport the tools of an itinerant craftsman from town to town.
An interior configuration of 5 drawers of various sizes. It is made of solid kiri (paulownia) wood. All the metal hardware is hand forged iron.
This chest still has its original deep two century old patina. This chest shows a high degree of Japanese craftsmanship in the joinery, being made with hardened hinoki pegged wood construction.It has 4 interior drawers custom made to hold various tools of ones trade. The style of this gyoshobako chest as well as the method of construction and all the forged iron metal work on this chest dates it to the mid Edo era c. All drawer handles, hinges, and latches are made of forged iron with a protective coat of burnt lacquer. All drawers open and close smoothly and the five forged iron hinged front door swings open and closed easily.
It has been well used yet well loved, has a deep warm patina that only centuries of devoted use could provide. This chest remains in fine original antique condition. This peddler's chest measures 12'' wide by 21'' deep" by 25.5" high. A very warm accent for your home or office as well as great functional space inside 5 deep drawers of various sizes. In Japan, gyoshobako are considered one of most collectable tansu che.
Please enjoy the enlarged pictures to get a full appreciation of the fine kiri wood and its near three century old original patina. You'll love it, I guarantee it......... 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 JAPANESE EDO ERA (c1780) 5 DRAWER GYOSHO BAKO PEDDLERS TANSU CHEST" is in sale since Saturday, February 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Other Japanese Antiques". The seller is "shoguns" and is located in Portland, Oregon. This item can be shipped worldwide.