SHIPS CHEST

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Japanese ship’s chest, funa dansu. The cho-bako type chest of keyaki (zelkova) for the case and front and kiri (paulownia) wood for secondary wood. The chest with three small drawers, above two drawers and a full width drawer across the bottom of the chest. The numerous drawers for the storage of valuables abord a ship or by a port merchant. With overall intricate iron fittings and hardware including square drawer pulls (kakute). The side of the chest with inset lift handles. With age cracks to back of chest. 
Late Edo Period (1600-1868) 
17-3/4" high x 21-1/4" wide x 15" deep    For a similar example see; Tansu: Traditional Japanese Cabinetry, Heineken, Weatherhill

 

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