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Japanese Cabinets, Armoires & Cupboards

Japanese cabinets, armoires, and cupboards are all referred to as “tansu”. Tansu were traditionally used to store a variety of things like kimonos, futon, food, firewood, books, and more. These cabinets were rarely permanent, and were usually created to be portable either with wheels for pushing or iron handles for lifting.

Japanese tansu were commonly used during the Edo and Meiji periods. Depending on occupation and purpose, tansu varied in size and configuration. Merchants usually used lightweight chests that had many small drawers and compartments for storage. Merchant class women, however, would have large double-doored tansu to store clothing.


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AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY JAPANESE TAISHO PERIOD CARVE

August 26, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Selborne, United Kingdom

£100 (starting bid)

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Japanese Meiji Period Lacquered Shrine Cabinet

August 27, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Beverly, MA, USA

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Late 19th C. Japanese Meiji Period Carved Cabinet

August 27, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Beverly, MA, USA

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A 19th century Japanese gold lacquered and white m

August 30, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Newmarket, United Kingdom

£7,000 (starting bid)

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A LATE 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MENUKI ONLAID WOOD CABINET, with sliding panel

September 2, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£120 (starting bid)

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Cabinet miniature en laque du Japon  (14x18x15cm)

September 6, 2016, 10:00 AM CET
Gent, Belgium

€700 (starting bid)

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Japanese Black Patinated Brass-Mounted Stained Kiriwood Tonsu (Mizuya) Meiji Period (1868-1912)

September 16, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Washington, DC, USA

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