An antique Japanese Choba Tansu (merchant chest) made of Keyaki (Zelkova) and Hinoki (Cypress) woods. Original wiped lacquer technique finish and hand made iron hardware. The lock knobs feature a Plum Blossom design and the design of the handles is a straight Gumbai. Sliding side by side doors open to a spacious area where once merchant books and records were stored.
A rare feature of this chest are the hidden compartments under the four bottom side by side drawers. Under the center two drawers are floor covers hiding the compartments.
Age: Mid Meiji Era (1880-1890)
Dimensions: 32 3/8″ Wide x 37 3/4″ High x 18″ Deep