Japanese Taishō Tansu Chest in Isho-Dansu Style with Six Drawers and Safe
A Japanese Taisho period single section tansu clothing chest from the early 20th century in Isho-dansu style, with six drawers, safe, carrying handles and dark patina. Created in Japan during the Taisho period in the early years of the 20th century, this wooden Isho-dansu clothing chest features a linear silhouette perfectly complimented by a dark finish. The organized façade showcases six drawers (three large ones followed by two medium size and a smaller one), each fitted with iron hardware made of C-scroll handles and a central lock. The lower right section presents the safe, which opens to reveal additional drawers. 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 particular tansu showcases side handles in the upper section that lift up and through which wooden poles would slide and allow two men to carry the piece.
With its clean lines and dark patina, this Japanese Taisho period Isho-dansu clothing chest from the early 20th century will make for a lovely addition to any home, particularly placed in a bedroom or living room.