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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 INLAID AND LACQUERED TABLE CABINET 20TH CENTURY 37cm wide, 32cm high 22cm deep

September 29, 2016, 11:00 AM BST
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

£130 (starting bid)

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A Japanese Mizuya kasane-dansu in zelkova and cryptomeria, 36 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 53 in. (93 x 42 x 135 cm)

September 29, 2016, 11:00 AM PST
Vancouver , BC, Canada

CAD280 (starting bid)

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A small Japanese choba-dansu, 24 x 11 1/2 x 21 1/4 in. (61 x 29.5 x 53.5 cm)

September 29, 2016, 11:00 AM PST
Vancouver , BC, Canada

CAD140 (starting bid)

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A Japanese dansu with zelkova panels, 35 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 40 1/2 in. (90 x 29.5 x 103 cm)

September 29, 2016, 11:00 AM PST
Vancouver , BC, Canada

CAD200 (starting bid)

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A FINE 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD GOLD LAC

September 30, 2016, 9:30 AM BST
Selborne, United Kingdom

£300 (starting bid)

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A FINE 19TH CENTURY KOMAI KODANSU IRON CABINET ON

September 30, 2016, 9:30 AM BST
Selborne, United Kingdom

£3,400 (starting bid)

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A LATE 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD LACQURED

September 30, 2016, 9:30 AM BST
Selborne, United Kingdom

£50 (starting bid)

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