An antique Japanese Chobako (small merchant chest) made of Keyaki Burl (Zelkova) and Kirinoki (Paulownia) woods. Original and beautiful transparent Urushi lacquer finish showcases the underlying magnificent wood grain. Hand forged iron hardware including the Kakute handles on the 2 large drawers and the Hirute handle on the small security drawer. Minor sumi ink stains in the upper right drawer suggests that an inkstone and brushes were stored there for writing store records and receipts. Includes an iron display stand to elevate this chest for the modern home.
Age: Edo Period (1800-1850)
Dimensions including stand: 22 1/2″ Wide by 18 1/4″ High by 11″ Deep