Clothing Chests - Isho dansu

In Japan, clothing chests (tansu or isho dansu) were traditionally kept in the kura (storehouse). Isho dansu were made to fit kimono. That is why most Japanese antique clothing tansu have a similar dimensions. In the early Meiji period 1870's the chests made their way out into the house mainly due to the elaborate metal-ware on the Sendai clothing chests. They became more attractive and desirable.

It is legend that Paulownia trees (Kiri) were planted when a daughter was born. These would reach maturity fast enough so that they could be harvested and used to make wedding chests.

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Other Chest Types


Japanese Merchant's Chests - Choba dansuJapanese Small BoxesJapanese Step Chests - Kaidan DansuJapanese Tea Chests - Cha DansuJapanese Medicine Chests - Kusuri DansuJapanese Display Chests - Kazari DanaJapanese Shoe Chest - Geta Bako

Antique Clothing Tansu

Late Meiji ca. 1900
Size H 114 x  W 102 x  D 47 cm
Paulownia & Cedar.
Has a hidden drawer
Price $1995

Antique Isho dansu Clothing Chest

Late Meiji Period ca. 1910
Size H 105 x  W 89 x  D 47cm
Sugi (cedar) carcass with Kiri (Paulownia) drawer fronts
Price $1925

Antique Nihonmatsu Clothing Tansu

Late Meiji ca. 1910
Size H 119 x  W 123 x  D 44cm
Elm & Cedar
Has a key
Price $2350

Sado Island Clothing Chest

Taisho Period ca. 1920's
Size H 112 x  W 113.5 x  D 43.5cm
Elm, Paulownia and Cedar
Has Keys
Fabulous condition
Price $3850

Antique Sendai Kuruma Dansu

Elm & Cedar
Made in 1873
1100 x 1215 x 540mm
Fabulous Kuruma dansu Sendai Chest.
Has full set of Keys
Price $3450

Antique Clothing Tansu

Age Mid Meiji Period 1880's
Height 1100mm
Width 900mm
Depth 430mm
Wood Paulownia & Cypress (Kiri & Hinoki)
Region Sakata
Price $2188

Vintage Clothing Tansu

Age Early Showa Period (ca. 1930)
Height 1030mm
Width 915mm
Depth 420mm
Wood Sugi & Kiri (Cedar & Paulownia)
Region Kyoto
Price $1162

Kanon Biraki Isho Dansu

Age Late Edo Period (ca. 1860)
Height 1040mm
Width 980mm
Depth 440mm
Wood Kiri (Paulownia)
Region Kanto
Price $2590

Vintage Wedding Chest

Age Showa Period (ca. 1960)
Height 1750mm
Width 1115mm
Depth 460mm
Wood Kiri (Paulownia)
Region Kyoto
This is the best quality wedding chest we have imported.
Comes with keys.
Price $2792

Antique Clothing Tansu

Age ca 1890 Meiji Period
Height 1050mm
Width 930mm
Depth 435mm
Wood Kiri & Sugi (Paulownia & Cedar)
Price $1621