Rare Japanese fune tansu (merchant's ship chest) made with Keyaki (elm) wood in original medium brown finish. The upper portion has a large front drawer with kakute (squared) iron handles and decorative iron plating, lined in attractive silver rice paper. The bottom portion is very unusual because the right door opens on a hinge while the left door slides on a track revealing four small drawers also lined in silver rice paper. The front of each door is covered extensively in iron decorative plating. A prime example of its kind. Two working keys are included. Edo Period, circa pre1850s.
Size: 18.5" H x 20" W x 15" D