Matsumoto Cho Dansu | Merchants' Ledger Tansu Chest


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Cho dansu (merchant's chest) with distinctive moneybag hardware from Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. 

Chests like this were used to store account books and other smaller items such as suzuri bako or writing supply boxes.  They also held money and even items for serving tea, a most appropriate lubricant for business.

Unlike merchant chests from the south, Matsumoto merchants’ prided themselves on having a fine chests and they were treated as status symbols due to this.

Beautiful figured Keyaki wood.  Original patina. 

  • Keyaki Case Face, Door and drawer - Japanese elm wood
  • Sugi - Japanese Cedar drawer interiors and case
  • Lacquered case
  • Late 19th Century
  • 33.25" x 35.25" x 14" (width, height, depth)


Conserved by Shibui for the Northern American climate.

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