Meiji Kiri Wood Tansu Japanese Tea Cabinet
A Japanese Meiji period kiri wood cha tansu Japanese tea cabinet from the 19th century, with sliding doors, multiple drawers and brass hardware. Created in Japan during the Meiji period in the 19th century, this tansu chest is made of kiri wood (also known as Paulownia Tomentosa or Princess Tree), a Japanese wood commonly used for the creation of Tansus. It is a light-weight wood with a strong and fine grain and a silky smooth finish. The piece, called a cha tansu, was serving for the storage of tea and sencha items. The perfectly organized façade presents a combination of sliding doors, open shelves and multiple drawers, the latter fitted with C-scroll handles.
The sides showcase additional C-scroll handles allowing the piece to be moved by two men. The back is nicely distressed. With its nice proportions and convenient design, this Japanese Meiji period kiri wood cha tansu from the 19th century will make for a great addition to any home, placed in a kitchen, dining room or living room.