Japanese merchant’s chest
Item no. 65
Antique Japanese merchant’s office chest (Choba Dansu) circa 1880 in Sugi wood (Japanese cedar) and Hinoki (Japanese cypress) comprising seven drawers and sliding-door compartment. An early alteration has seen the removal of a lower right door concealing two recessed drawers. One original drawer has been brought forward and the one below it is a replacement. Repairs have been made to the top panel. The robust handles are in the ‘leech’ style (Hirute) and the overall cabinet possesses a rich, deep patina. Rather than a single ledger drawer at the top, this piece has two smaller drawers. Would serve as a very attractive sideboard.
Height: 94cm Width: 98cm Depth: 50cm
Mid-century dining suite in teak
Item no. 61
Solid teak mid-century dining suite, circa 1965-70, including table with removable top and 6 armchairs which fit neatly under the table rail. Unusually, and typically found in much earlier Georgian pieces, the table and chairs have been constructed using hand-cut, pegged mortise and tenon joints. The maker is Albert & Co. of Maradana, Colombo, Sri Lanka, as indicated by the maker’s label on every item in the suite. This explains the use of solid teak in the table, teak being native to the region. The top, which has light wear consistent with age, simply lifts off for ease of transport. The chairs have largely been dismantled and rebuilt, as well as the table base, and so are now in excellent, stable condition. The drop-in seats are covered in a durable moquette, most likely original, and also well-maintained. The existing finish has been retained and the whole suite freshened up with a wax. It’s not often that a dining suite possesses more than a couple of arm chairs, so to have all six, and be able to push them under the table, is a real bonus for comfort and functionality, as well as adding overall strength to the chairs.
The purchaser of the suite will be given first option to purchase a companion sideboard, which also bears the maker’s label and is yet to be restored (price as yet undetermined).
Table height: 76cm Width: 91cm Length: 182cm
Chair height: 80cm Seat depth: 45.5cm Width at front rail between arm uprights: 40cm
George III mahogany wine table
Item no. 64
Substantial, elegant George III circa 1780 tilt-top mahogany wine table. Good faded patina and pleasing proportions. The top is a single board with a half-bullnose edge and functioning tilt catch, enabling the table to be put to one side when not in use while still showing off its attractive top.
Diameter 74.5cm; height 69cm
Two-section Japanese Tansu chest
Item no. 60
Late 19th century, Meiji era, six-drawer Japanese Tansu circa 1880s in two sections of equal height, which are separable or held together by swinging iron fittings and pins. Carcase of sugi (Japanese cedar), with face-edging and drawer fronts in Japanese chestnut. Round lock-plates suggest Yonezawa area, and handles are warabite or so-called ‘bracken’ style. Good mid-tone colour which contrasts well with the hardware.
Height 106cm; depth 41.5cm; width 94cm
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