Antique Japanese choba tansu (merchant's chest) made of keyaki (elm) wood with beautiful original finish and patina. The chest has two sets of sliding door panels and a total of 8 exterior drawers. On the right side is a vertical compartment with two small shelves most likely originally for ledger books. This is covered by a drop in panel. On the lower right is a small safe door with two visible interior drawers and one secret drawer. The tansu has wonderful wooden side bracing and iron handles. Iron hardware also includes round lock plates and hirute shaped drawer pulls. Slider pulls are made of copper and have tiny raised images of gourds and flowers. Edo Period.
Size: 41 1/4" high x 36" wide x 15 3/4" deep.