Japanese Meiji Period Late 19th Century Isho-Dansu Chest with Iron Hardware
An antique Japanese Meiji period two-part tansu chest from the late 19th century with dark red lacquer, iron hardware, small safe and carrying handles. Created in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912), this wooden chest called an Isho-Dansu chest is a fine example of Japan's traditional mobile cabinetry. Tansus were portable chests, meant to store objects of daily use such as clothes. First appearing during the Edo period, the tansus were designed to be transported using wheels, handles or horizontal upper rails. Our tansu, made of two individual parts, showcases side handles.
It is an Isho-dansu, a clothing chest with dark red lacquer and iron hardware. Showcasing a linear silhouette, our tansu features four main drawers and a safe on the side opening to reveal two smaller drawers. Boasting a nicely weathered patina (we go over our pieces and address any issues we may find before they leave for your home), this Japanese Meiji period tansu chest from the late 19th century will make for a great addition to any bedroom or living room.