Sparrow Screen Takayama Cho Dansu | Merchant's Tansu Chest


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Small antique Japanese tansu, cho dansu (merchant's chest) with a shunkei lacquer finish and handles distinctive to Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Beautiful sumi-e ink painting of sparrows on the doors.

Takayama furniture features distinctive handles, or a lack thereof, in its construction. You will instead often encounter a drawer face with a large border; allowing for the drawer to be grasped from the middle section. 

The upper area section of the chest features Kiri wood sliding doors, with sumi-e ink painted sparrows on each door. Sumi-e, is Japanese art form using ink drawn out from sumi, a rod of solid ink, to create watercolor-esque imagery. In Japanese culture, the motif of Mt. Fuji often represents perseverance and eternity, and cranes often represent longevity and good fortune.

Shunkei lacquering is a process in which a transparent lacquer is applied to wood that has been given a yellow or red tone.

  • Hinoki Case and Drawer faces - Japanese Cypress
  • Kiri Sliding Doors - Paulownia
  • Keyaki Door and Drawer Panels - Japanese Elm
  • Shunkei lacquer
  • Late 19th Century
  • 27.5" x 28.5" x 14.75" (width, height, depth)
  • SKU: T-3139
Conserved by Shibui for the Northern American climate.

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