Our featured product this week is our 1890-1910 Japanese Tansu Cabinet:
It is made out of Elmwood. It has mother-of-pearl inlays. Gold gild on the doors. This cabinet for a Japanese would have been used only for personal use. You would not have seen this cabinet in a normal Japanese person’s house. It would have been in a personal area. They would have used it for knick-knacks or storing personal things. I travel a lot, all over and I found a woman that had this cabinet that was originally from Paris. It was her father’s cabinet. During World War II, before the Germans came, he took this cabinet, buried it in the back yard, planted a garden on top of it and had it there for whatever period of time he had it there, till the Germans left. Then, when the Germans left, he dug the cabinet back up and put it back in his house. That is why you will see some areas of loss of the Mother-of-Pearl of this cabinet, because it was buried in the ground for a number of years,
So, this is a very fine cabinet, made out of Elm, gold-gilded. It is a nice example of a Japanese Tansu cabinet.