Lot #5 AN ANTIQUE JAPANESE CHOBA-DANSU (1)

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AN ANTIQUE JAPANESE CHOBA-DANSU (1)

Edo/Meiji period

Constructed in kiri wood with 12 drawers and metal fittings

90cm long x 43cm deep x 119cm high

>> Would benefit from a good clean, a lovely and unique piece of furniture

Provenance: Purchasedfrom Ishii Collection in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo

Note: Choba-Dansu is similar to a filing chest used to store daifukucho or account books. These were commonly used by businessmen, merchants, and shopkeepers. Choba-Dansu was popular during the Edo period between 1615-1868 and featured a single section with many compartments in the interior of the cabinet

Tansu is a traditional style of Japanese furniture that are designed to be mobile storage cabinets. The word “tansu” is used to refer to Japanese furniture in a general sense but has a literal translation meaning “chest” or “container.” Made using traditional hand woodworking tools, tansu furniture has been perfected as an art form throughout the centuries. Tansu places an emphasis on functional use over the aesthetic design. The focus on ergonomics is different in the sense that the functional use caters to a unique need; the need to be mobile and easy to transport

All tansu furniture hold two qualities in common; it is mobile and functional. They show minimalist design with straight lines and little ornate detailing. Tansu never have legs. Tansu furniture often uses hand-forged iron, a status symbol in Japanese culture and often associated with prominence and nobility


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