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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2016 2:02 AM


This is an amazing piece of art and craftsmanship and is one of my most prized possessions. Like most Tansu chests, it is in two parts. It is incredibly light. . .you will be shocked! There are some minor conditions issues, but none that take away from the beauty of this piece. It has corner box construction. . .no nails on any visible connections. . .and has unbelievable natural grain. The stain is a natural product (the sap) of the Japanese Urushi Tree. It has many drawers and sliding doors, holds a lot, and is just stunning. I offer it in the same condition I got it in when I bought this cabinet in the late 90's. I got it from a couple who said they bought in Hawaii for $5000 in 1973 or 1974. I had it professionally appraised in May 2009 and it was appraised at $5800 for insurance purposes and $3000 for private party sale. I went on a mission to learn more about this cabinet and started off with a Craigslist posting of pictures of the label on the back asking for help translating. An Asian American Studies graduate told me it was made by Rabbit Furniture and other info which I then used to write several Japanese Antique dealers in Hawaii (since that is where it was last bought from before me). One of the dealers gave me some information, but I kept going and wrote the head of Big Island Woodworkers Guild in Hawaii who researched it further and in writing his Japanese Furniture maker friend Tak Yoshino, I got the most complete info. He wrote, "Yes this Tansu cabinet was made in Japan. Product year is 1956. The wood is Mulberry. This cabinet is called "Chadance" which means cabinet for typical Japanese cup board. It was very popular in Japanese old style dining room with Tatami mat 30~50 years ago." He went on to write, "The following is my imagination. That year, it was a prosperous age of handmade furniture making in Japan. Stood up from defeat of the war, and the time when people were filled with the hope of economic revival. Usual furniture maker had 10~20 workers with almost hand crafted. This cabinet seems little bit gorgeous than usual one. The grain looks great, finish seems "沈金 Chinkin" which is finished by 漆 Urushi lacquer and have grain filled with a Gold leaf. About craftsman, this age there are almost no individual artist in Japan. Mostly worker affiliated under some producer, and it went to a factory. It seems good condition Tansu. Probably he took care of then and maintain well." I am happy to share my research correspondence.

Pictures show it with and without the sliding glass doors that cover the main display area and the unit both stacked and separated into its two parts...and the last picture is how I have had it for 20 years with my cloisonne collection which I will be selling at a later date on Ebay. Tansu measures 59" high, 47" wide, 14" deep. I am moving and selling 75% of what I own and it is time for me to pass this treasure onto someone who loves Asian décor and artistic craftsmanship. First $995 takes it and I will not consider $1 less. That is well less than ½ of the fair value set in 2009 appraisal. Serious buyers please come and see it in person and write me with your phone number so we don't have to do a lot of back and forth emails to meet.

If you are reading this, the item IS still available. I am diligent about updating my listings as items sell. Please reply with what time/day you'd like to meet, questions you have about the items, a phone number if you'd like me to call you or anything that moves us forward more than just "is this still available?" or "Interested".

Thank you

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