Japanese Antique 200 Year Old 1 Drawer Lidded Suzuribako Calligraphy Tansu For Sale
Thisisa very special Japaneseone drawer suzuribako (portable calligraphy tansu)made entirely of Japanesekiri (paulownia) wood.This chest shows a highdegree of Japanese craftsmanship in the construction,joined with hardened hinoki wood pegs(see picture 11). This chest was rescued from a 500 year old family warehouse just outside Kyoto and dates to the early 1800's (mid Edo Era).
Thehand forged iron metal on this chest also date itto theEdo era as allhinges,corner workand latches are allmade of forged ironwith a protective coat of burnt lacquer.The drawer pull as well as top handle are also made of hand forged iron.The handles are made in a kakute (square) style which was the most difficult to make as it was necessary to cold chisle it out of a thick bar of forged iron.This chest was used to hold calligraphy and writing materials as well as money and valuables.The lidded top once held brushes and an ink stone (suzuri).The top interior area as well as the interior of the drawer were finished in black lacquer to help protect them from ink spills.
This 200 year old suzuribakohas been well used yet well loved and aside from a few areas of iron deterioration and minor wood restoration (see bottom - picture 10 as well as picture 9) it remains invery fine original condition with a patina that only2 centuries of appreciation could give it. The top carrying handle is still secure and provides a convenient way to transport this chest.The lided top opens with the push of the side buttom (see picture 7) andsnaps the top securly in place when the lid is lowered. The drawer lock has been neutralizedbut its latch will still slide up and down with the push of the lock button (see picture 8) to hold the drawer firmly shut.6 "wideby7 " high by 10"deep(15 x17.5 x25 cm). A very warm accentfor your home or office. Great to hold pens and paper as well as remote controls for the tv and stereo. Please enjoy the enlarged pictures to get a full appreciation of the finehinoki wood and its century old patina.
This antique suzuribako is being listed with and free stateside shipping.
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