Rare and beautiful Japanese antique fune-dansu (merchant's ship safe), made of keyaki (elm) wood with wonderful burl on front exterior as well as interior, top portion has one large exterior drawer, bottom portion appears to have two hinged opening door but in fact only the right side opens on it's hinge. The panel on the left side has a false hinge and actually slides to the right to reveal two small interior drawers. The hinged door on the right side opens to reveal three small interior drawers and must be open before the left hand panel may be slid open. Drawers have beautiful keyaki burl and elaborate lock plates. Comes with set of 4 original keys. Early Meiji Period. Possibly Ishikawa Prefecture or Sado Island.
Provenance: Gruber Collection. Also exhibited "Moving Cabinetry" Palo Alto, CA.
Size: 18" high x 24 1/4" wide x 16" deep.