This stunningly simple Meiji period antique 19th century clothing chest was used to store kimono, obi, and other clothing and keep these items safe from moths and the elements. Features a stunning subtle red stain. Made from kiri (Pawlonia) wood, it is light and yielding (perfect for easy transport), yet strong. This piece showcases the Japanese wabi (taste for the simple) aesthetic with it unfussy, no nonsense square painted adornment and simple, made to last hardware. It also has some beautiful age to it. With multiple time-worn marks all over, this chest has a character all its own.
Inscription on the inside of the top of the chest reads the date (November 1876), the address (Oozeki chou or oomaemachi) and the person addressed to or buyer (Soubei Dan)
DIMENSIONS: 30.25ʺW × 14.75ʺD × 19.75ʺH
SHIPPING DIMENSIONS 36" × 21" × 20"
Some of the hardware no longer lays flat against the chest, and one of the metal pieces that lines a corner has fallen off at some point. This piece displays multiple marks, signs of age, etc, and it is considered part of the appeal of Japanese antiques of this type.