BA2397 KIRI (PAULOWNIA) KIMONO CHEST, TAISHO 1920's
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Taisho Era 1920's
Width 46 inches ( 115 cms )
Height 62 1/2 inches ( 157 cms )
Depth 16 1/2 inches ( 142 cms )
Very Good almost excellent.
This lovely kimono chest is part of the Private Collection of Chris Battye of which we are sole agents. It is a high quality piece which has been professionally and sympathetically restored by a craftsman who usually restores for museums within the UK. The kimono chest is in three sections and is made from Kiri (paulownia) wood which was widely used in Japan because of it's none warping qualities aswell as being the ideal storage material for silk kimono. The hot wet summers in Japan often cause mildew on stored silk kimono but the properties of kiri prevent this from happening. Paulownia wood was expensive and the quality of the piece could be seen from the thickness of the wood used, see photographs, this is a quality piece. The chest has copper and brass fittings and a Paulownia Mon on the front of the drawers. Wonderful collector's item!
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