Antique Japanese choba tansu (merchant's chest) made of keyaki (elm) wood burl with heavy iron hardware. The upper most portion of the chest has a large full width drawer above a compartment with sliding panels. The middle of the tansu has a horizontal row of three small drawers. The bottom portion of the tansu has a series of three drawers stacked in a vertical row and held in place with a locking bar. The lower right has a safe box with with two small interior drawers and an exterior drawer. The hardware is unusually heavy iron work and includes extensive cross bracing on the safe and square handles throughout.
Edo Period (1868 - 1912)
Dimensions: 34 1/2" high x 35 1/2" wide x 14 1/4" deep.