An antique Japanese Sendai Tansu made of Keyaki (Zelkova) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. The front features a beautiful finish of natural Urushi lacquer with a top and sides finished in a wiped lacquer technique. The Sendai tansu showcases a wide top drawer lock plate that highlights an incised stylized Chrysanthemum blossom with its corresponding leaves. The Mokko style handles also feature Chrysanthemum back plates. It was constructed using straight dovetail joinery and hardened wood nails.
The hinged door covers three small drawers behind and the lift-up side handles allowed for a wood or bamboo pole to go through it where two attendants could easily carry this chest from place to place.
Age: Meiji period (1868-1912). Dimensions: 48″ Wide x 34 1/2″ High x 17″ Deep.