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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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A LATE 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MENUKI ONLAID WOOD CABINET

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£120 (starting bid)

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A JAPANESE PINE & ELM CABINET, the ribbed sliding

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£180 (starting bid)

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A LARGE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD LACQUERED WOOD RECTA

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£440 (starting bid)

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A Japanese Shrine Cabinet, Black lacquer Embellished in Gilt, 20th century

July 31, 2016, 11:00 AM AEST
Sydney, Australia

AUD350 (starting bid)

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A 20TH-CENTURY JAPANESE DRAW CUPBOARD

July 31, 2016, 12:00 PM AEST
Daylesford, Australia

AUD360 (starting bid)

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A JAPANESE TANSU WITH SIX DRAWERS

July 31, 2016, 12:00 PM AEST
Daylesford, Australia

AUD360 (starting bid)

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A Japanese Wood Cabinet Mounted Silver

July 31, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Flushing, NY, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Japanese multi-purpose cupboard

August 5, 2016, 2:00 PM CET
Mutterstadt, Germany

€2,001 (starting bid)

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