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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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Japanese Black Lacquer Secretary Curio Cabinet

June 23, 2017, 1:00 PM EST
Mebane, NC, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Japanese Meiji-Period Cabinet

June 24, 2017, 10:00 AM CST
New Orleans, LA, USA

$19,000 (starting bid)

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A pair of Japanese antique two drawer chests havin

June 25, 2017, 12:00 PM ACST
Melbourne, Australia

AUD5 (1 bid)

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Unusual Japanese antique 3-section tea chest(?)

June 26, 2017, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$30 (1 bid)

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Japanese tantsu with cast iron hardware

June 26, 2017, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$30 (1 bid)

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2 Japanese/Korean antique chest

June 26, 2017, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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NINETEENTH CENTURY JAPANESE LACQUERED AND BRASS BOUND CABINET ON STAND

June 27, 2017, 10:30 AM BST
Shillelagh, Ireland

€700 (starting bid)

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NINETEENTH-CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD BRASS MOUNTED CABINET ON STAND

June 27, 2017, 10:30 AM BST
Shillelagh, Ireland

€1,200 (starting bid)

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