Beautiful antique Japanese single-section tansu from Sado Island, its front frame entirely covered by iron work. It has two large main drawers with large rectangular lockplates, the top incised with a crane and the bottom with the image of two turtles, referencing the old saying Tsuru Sen-nen, Kame Man-nen (as the crane lives one thousand years, the tortoise ten thousand years) to represent longevity. The large drawers have two warabite handles mounted on rectangular backings, and bold triangular corner hardware incised with trees. The right side of the chest has two smaller drawers and one lockbox, most of their surface is covered in ironwork incised with auspicious motifs.
Meiji Circa 1900
Size: 23" height, 46.5" length, 17.25" depth