Dating to the late 1700's, this is a very special antique Japanese five drawer fune-dansu. (zelkova) wood with sugi (cryptomeria) wood interiors.
It was also known as a kakesuzuri as it held writing materials and it was a perfect size to act as a desk sitting on the tatami floor and doing business. (zelkova) was the wood of choice for a chest like this one as it was one of the strongest and most beautiful of Japan's indigenous woods. This chest still has its original deep 200+ year old patina. All iron is thick and hand forged with a protective coat of burnt lacquer. T he method of construction as well as all the forged iron work o.N this chest dates it to the late 1700's. With exception of minor signs of past use replaced smaller lower drawer face (picture 11) a few nails in two drawers (picture 10) replacement piece of wood lower back (picture 6) and a nice warm aged 200+ year old patina, t. The latch on the swing open door is still functional (picture 9). All drawers open and close with ease. Ansu desk/chest measures 24 1/2" wide by 12" deep by 11 high (62 x 31 x 28 cm). A very warm accent for your home or office. Great to hold stationery, pens, as well as, remote controls for the TV and stereo. Please enjoy the enlarged pictures to get a full appreciation of the fine keyaki. Wood and its 2 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 (c. 1780) KAKESUZURI DOCUMENT TANSU CHEST / DESK" is in sale since Wednesday, January 27, 2021. 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.