Unusual Japanese hardwood low shop desk tansu. Original red lacquer finish with heavy iron plates and mounts. The table surface is hinged with three doors that open to interior compartments for papers and other merchant’s effects. The middle door has a lady’s portrait with calligraphy inscriptions detailing the piece is from a merchant business in “Ume-yashiki, Tokyo” with the merchant name “Shimbashi Kotatsu” and dated 25th year Meiji 1893. The right side of the chest holds four small drawers with ring pulls.
Meiji period (1868 – 1912)
Dimensions: 34″ L x 12″ D x 12″ H