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Meiji Cabinets

MEIJI STYLE

From 1868 to 1912, Emperor Mutsuhito oversaw an era of transformation in Japan. Formerly a country of feudalism and isolation, Japan entered an age of modernization influenced by newly established trade and exchange with the West. The Meiji period, or period of “enlightened rule,” also saw the global impact of the East Asian country’s culture. Japanese Meiji furniture was exhibited at expositions from Paris to San Francisco and created for export.

Prior to the Meiji era, furniture was mostly made by commission for the ruling class; now there were new domestic and international markets. European styles like Japonisme appropriated Japanese design while craftsmen in places like Wales and England employed japanning, a varnishing technique that approximated the appearance of lacquer for the surfaces of furnishings.

Meiji furniture made for Japanese homes and buildings constructed in Western styles resulted in taller tables, chairs, cabinets with large drawers and other features. The government invested in areas such as transportation and communication, and because people could freely choose occupations after the restrictions of feudalism, industries of various types were energized by expressive new ideas during those years. Art schools were formed and, for the first time, design was an area of study in the country, leading to the evolution of professional design as a career by the 1890s.

The work of Japanese designers was transmitted widely through lavishly illustrated pattern books that included designs for screens and lacquerware for the home. While screens today may be of use as decorative accents or partitions to ensure privacy in one’s space, Japanese screens were adorned with paintings and were featured in performing arts such as concerts, tea ceremonies and more. The color illustrations that characterize Meiji woodblock prints, a genre of Japanese art that grew out of 17th-century developments in printing and book publishing, depicted the sweeping changes that the era brought to East Asia.

Although it was a time of societal and cultural shifts, a bolstered interest in art and design elevated Japanese craft traditions. From colorful porcelain table lamps with silk shades and hardwood tables decorated with dark lacquer to cabinets featuring iron hardware and inlaid with mother-of-pearl, Meiji furniture showcased Japan’s artistic heritage to the world.

Find a collection of antique Japanese Meiji period case pieces and storage cabinets, decorative objects, wall decorations and more furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Meiji
Japanese Carved and Lacquered Shibayama Cabinet, Meiji Period
Located in San Francisco, CA
An elaborate and finely detailed carved wood, and gold lacquered Shibayama cabinet (Chigaidansu). Having beautifully applied semi-precious stone and ...
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19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

Japanese Antique Large Black Tansu 1860s-1900s / Cabinet Sideboard Wabi Sabi/
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Very old large black chest of drawers, made in Japan. Furniture from the Meiji era. (1860s-1900s) Material is cedar wood. Black chest of d...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Cedar

Japanese Antique Large Black Tansu 1860s-1900s / Cabinet Sideboard Wabi Sabi
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Very old large black Tansu made in Japan. Furniture from the Meiji era. (1860s-1900s) Material is cedar wood. The design is simple and rustic, typical of Japanese furniture. No unne...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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Cedar

Antique Modern Japanese Low Tansu Cabinet c1900s
Located in San Francisco, CA
Gorgeous low antique Japanese Tansu from the early 1900s with wonderful detail and patina. Very functional piece with a shelf on the right side, and open on the left. Three drawers o...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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Iron

Japanese Antique Tansu Storage/Cabinet/Meiji period/WabiSabi
Located in Iwate-gun Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate Prefecture
You can see the jet-black appearance and the color of the wood that has faded over time, and it is finished with a quaint look. This seems to have been made around the Meiji period ...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Wood, Cedar, Chestnut

Japanese Sendai Bo Tansu in Keyaki, Meiji Period
Located in Savannah, GA
A Japanese Sendai Bo tansu in keyaki wood with bo locking bar, Meiji period, 19th century. Safe door conceals two drawers. Original lacquered finish and forged iron hardware. 43 i...
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19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Wrought Iron

19th Century black lacquered and painted table cabinet
Located in Martlesham, GB
19th Century freestanding Japanese black lacquered and painted table top cabinet from the Meiji period (1868-1912) The cabinet throughout depicting Japanese countryside scenes, vario...
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1890s Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Wood

19th Century Japanese cabinet
Located in Martlesham, GB
A superb quality 19th Century Japanese Meiji period shibayama shodhana, the rectangular top with a decorative pierced and carved shaped gallery above a pair of sliding doors, a step...
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1880s Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Hardwood

Japanese Antique Tansu 1860s-1900s / Chest of Drawer Cabinet Wabisabi Mingei
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Very old Japanese drawer. The furniture dates from the Meiji period (1860s-1900s). It is made of paulownia wood, a high quality material. These drawers are rustic, simple and be...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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Wood

Japanese Tansu Storage Cabinet with Sliding Doors, Meiji Periode
Located in Kastrup, DK
A Japanese Meiji period two-section tansu cabinet (also known as Mizuya Dansu) crafted in pine and elm burl. The top section consist of sliding doors and drawers in elm wood. Lower ...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Iron

Japanese Meiji 19th Century Cha Tansu Kiri Wood Tea Cabinet with Doors, Drawers
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Japanese Meiji period kiri wood cha tansu tea cabinet from the 19th century, with sliding doors, multiple drawers and brass hardware. Created in Japan during the Meiji period in the 19th century, this tansu chest is made of kiri wood (also known as Paulownia Tomentosa or Princess Tree), a Japanese wood commonly used for the creation of Tansus. It is a light-weight wood...
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19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Brass, Iron

Japanese Marquetry Shadona Etagere Cabinet, Meiji Period, Japan
Located in Austin, TX
A spectacular Japanese yosegi zaiku marquetry etagere display cabinet, shadona, Meiji Period, circa 1880, Japan. The display cabinet, called a ...
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1880s Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Wood, Hardwood, Elm, Fruitwood, Softwood

19th C. Early Meiji Period Paper Tansu Wabi Sabi
Located in London, GB
An early 19th C. Meiji period paper tansu. Heavily patinated Japanese pine & cedar. two sets of sliding doors with plenty of drawers. - We offer free s...
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19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Cedar, Pine, Paper

Early 20th Century Japanese Bamboo Cabinet With Sliding Doors
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The sis the bottom piece of an early 20th c. bamboo and hinoki wood Japanese shop cabinet. Sliding doors. All original including interior shelf. Would be i...
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20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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Bamboo

Japanese Lacquered Meiji Period Cabinet
Located in Montreal, QC
Japanese lacquered Meiji Period cabinet.
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1880s Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Wood

Japanese Tansu Storage Cabinet with Sliding Doors, Meiji Period, 19th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
Large Two Section Japanese Kitchen Tansu, Late 19th Century. Interior bottom section has been modified to accommodate a TV. Part of the back bot...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Elm

19th Century Japanese gilt lacquered cabinet
Located in Martlesham, GB
A highly decorative 19th Century Japanese gilt lacquered cabinet from the Meiji period (1868-1912) the double hinged doors decorated with two eag...
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1880s Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

Materials

Hardwood

Rare Antique Monumental Japanese Imperial Carved Elm Altar Sideboard Console
Located in Dayton, OH
Important 19th C. Japanese Meiji Period ornately carved extreme high relief, credenza or bar back. Meticulously designed with one of a kind tooling. A breakfront form with three drawers over lower cabinets, topped by a hutch with shelves...
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19th Century Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Elm

Japanese Meiji Period Kanto Style Kiri Wood Kitchen Cabinet with Sliding Doors
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Japanese Meiji period kiri wood two-part kitchen cabinet in the Kanto style with sliding doors, parchment paper and drawers. Created in Japan during the Me...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Wood, Parchment Paper

Japanese Meiji Period Keyaki Wood Tansu Clothing Chest in the Sendai Style
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Japanese Meiji period keyaki wood Sendai tansu clothing chest from the late 19th century, with hand-cut iron hardware and safe box. Created in the Sendai Prefecture during the last...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Iron

19th Century Large Japanese Shodona
Located in Martlesham, GB
A fabulous quality and impressive large Japanese hardwood Shodona from the Meiji period, the lovely carved pediment incorporating a large winged bird and having decorative C scrolls ...
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1880s Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

Materials

Hardwood

Large Japanese Meiji Period 19th Century Futon Tansu Cabinet with Iron Hardware
Located in Yonkers, NY
A large Japanese Meiji period two-piece futon tansu cabinet from the late 19th century, with original iron hardware. Created in Japan during the second hal...
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19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Iron

Superb Monumental Meiji Period Hard Wood Display Cabinet, by Noguchi of Yokaha
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A superb monumental Meiji period hard wood display cabinet, by Noguchi of Yokahama, of rectangular form with three shelves which curl back under themselves like ripples to create an ...
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Early 1900s Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

Materials

Hardwood

Antique Japanese Hand Carved Elmwood Cabinet, Sideboard, Meiji, 20th Century
Located in Miami, FL
Monumental antique hand carved elmwood cabinet. Sideboard, 20th century. This listing it´s only for the low cabinet, without the up vitrine.
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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Fruitwood

Japanese Antique Large Black Tansu 1860s-1900s / Cabinet Sideboard Wabi Sabi//
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
If you want something special, we recommend purchasing items selected by Brood. We sell carefully selected old Japanese items. I've seen tens of thousands of items so far. Based on that experience, only selected items are posted here. We are able to do this because of our long experience. There may be items on the 1stdibs site that look and feel the same, but the items selected by Brood are unique. Very old large black chest of drawers...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Cedar

Tall Early Meiji Period Japanese Tansu/Cabinet Wabi Sabi
Located in London, GB
A tall heavily patinated cedar Japanese Tansu cabinet. Featuring four sliding doors & two drawers (with one internal shelf). Strong utilitarian design.
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

Materials

Cedar

Japanese Antique Storage / Cabinet Shelf / WabiSabi
Located in Iwate-gun Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate Prefecture
It is a cedar cabinet that was used in an old private house in Japan. It is dyed black using "black urushi" which has been used for a long time in Japan. The contrast between black...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Cedar

Japanese Antique Rare Large Tansu 1860s-1900s / Cabinet Sideboard Wabisabi
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Very rare and old Japanese large Tansu. Furniture made in the Meiji era (1860s-1900s). The material is made of cedar wood. The design is uniquely Japanese, simple and rustic. There ...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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Cedar

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Japanese Antique Drawer 1860s-1900s / Storage Tansu Sideboard Wabisabi
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Very old Japanese drawer storage. The furniture is from the Meiji period (1860s-1900s). The material is cedar. The handles are made of iron. The design is simple and lean. It is a very beautiful piece of furniture with a uniquely Japanese rusticity...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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Japanese Antique Five Drawer Small Treasures Tansu Cabinet
Located in South Burlington, VT
From our recent Japanese Acquisitions travels. This is a functional old five (5) drawer drawer tansu storage chest/cabinet ,hand crafted with fine grained wood. It is in remarkabl...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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Small Tansu Cabinet
Located in Fulton, CA
Exotic wood Tansu cabinet with brass hardware. Beautiful wood-grain and brass mounts. Original Lock with key. I believe this to be Korean from the mid to...
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Brass

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Japanese Tansu Storage Cabinet with Sliding Doors, Meiji Periode
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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1900s Antique Japanese Elm Wood Cabinet with Iron Hardware & Patina Finish
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Immerse yourself in the rich history and craftsmanship of our antique Japanese cabinet, a remarkable piece from the 1900s. Handcrafted from durable elm wood, this cabinet stands in e...
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Early 1900s Japanese Antique Meiji Cabinets

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Japanese Antique Wabi Sabi Drawer 1860s-1900s / Tansu Storage Cabinet Mingei
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Very old Japanese drawer storage. It dates from the Meiji period (1860s-1900s). It is made of cedar wood. The design is simple and lean. It is the ultimate in simplicity and is a very beautiful piece of furniture. The storage compartment in the upper storage area was used to store old documents...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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Early 1900s Curio Cabinet
Located in Pasadena, CA
Early 1900s lighted curio cabinet with glass doors.
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Early 20th Century American Meiji Cabinets

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Glass, Wood

  • Early 1900s Curio Cabinet
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H 75 in W 31.5 in D 16 in
Japanese Antique Tansu 1860s-1900s / Chest of Drawer Cabinet Wabisabi Mingei
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Very old Japanese drawer. The furniture dates from the Meiji period (1860s-1900s). It is made of paulownia wood, a high quality material. These drawers are rustic, simple and be...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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Antique Danish Cabinet 1900s
Located in Asaa, DK
Antique Danish cabinet 1900s Ebonized wooden cabinet from the 1900-1920 with detachable and lockable door. Many shelves and lots of storage spa...
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Early 20th Century Danish Meiji Cabinets

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Pine

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H 53.94 in W 33.86 in D 17.72 in
Antique Meiji Era Japanese Kansai Style Cypress and Cedar Merchant's Tansu Chest
Located in Centennial, CO
A stunning Japanese antique Meiji Era Kansai style cyprus and cedar merchant's tansu chest with multiple doors and drawers. The buttery soft original waxed finish is a rich golden br...
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Antique Late 1800s (Meiji Era) Japanese Kansai Style Cedar Merchant Chest Tansu
Located in Centennial, CO
A stunning antique late 1800s Japanese Kansai style cedar merchant chest / tansu with multiple compartments, doors, and drawers. Chests like these held documents, abacus and money, a...
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Japanese Antique Wabi Sabi Tansu 1860s-1900s / Storage Box Cabinet Sideboard
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Very old Japanese wheeled tansu. The furniture was made in the Meiji period (1860s-1900s). It is made of cedar wood. It was found in a village deep in the mountains of the Tohoku region. This furniture was used as a rice chest...
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Japanese Antique Large Black Tansu 1860s-1900s / Cabinet Sideboard Wabi Sabi//
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
If you want something special, we recommend purchasing items selected by Brood. We sell carefully selected old Japanese items. I've seen tens of thousands of items so far. Based on that experience, only selected items are posted here. We are able to do this because of our long experience. There may be items on the 1stdibs site that look and feel the same, but the items selected by Brood are unique. Very old large black chest of drawers...
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Tall Early Meiji Period Japanese Tansu/Cabinet Wabi Sabi
Located in London, GB
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Located in Iwate-gun Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate Prefecture
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Located in Somis, CA
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H 22.75 in W 17.5 in D 14 in
Japanese Antique Rare Large Tansu 1860s-1900s / Cabinet Sideboard Wabisabi
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Very rare and old Japanese large Tansu. Furniture made in the Meiji era (1860s-1900s). The material is made of cedar wood. The design is uniquely Japanese, simple and rustic. There ...
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Japanese Antique Large Black Tansu 1860s-1900s / Cabinet Sideboard Wabisabi
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Very old Japanese large black Tansu. Furniture made in the Meiji era (1860s-1900s). The material is made of cedar wood. The design is uniquely Japanese, simple and rustic. There is ...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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Cedar

Antique Modern Japanese Low Tansu c1900s
Located in San Francisco, CA
Gorgeous low antique Japanese Tansu from the early 1900s with wonderful detail and patina. Very functional piece with a shelf on the right side, and open on the left. Three drawers o...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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H 50 in W 36.5 in D 16.25 in
Japanese Antique, Chest of drawers, Meiji Period(1868-1912), Wabi Sabi
Located in Hitachiomiya-shi, 08
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Japanese Antique Large Tansu 1860s-1900s / Cabinet Sideboard Wabi Sabi
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Very old Japanese large Tansu. Furniture made in the Meiji era (1860s-1900s). It is made of cedar wood. The uniquely Japanese design is simple and rustic. There is no useless design...
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Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
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Early 20th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

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Japanese Antique Cabinet 1860s-1900s / Tansu Chest of Drawer Sideboard Wabi Sabi
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
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Japanese Antique Large Black Tansu 1860s-1900s / Cabinet Cupboard Wabi Sabi
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
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Cedar

Meiji cabinets for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Meiji cabinets for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Early 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage cabinets created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include case pieces and storage cabinets, asian art and furniture and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, hardwood and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Meiji cabinets made in a specific country, there are Asia, East Asia, and Japan pieces for sale on 1stDibs. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for cabinets differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $275 and tops out at $157,947 while the average work can sell for $6,715.

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