An antique Japanese Ko Tansu (personal storage chest) made of Kirinoki (Paulownia) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. Hidden behind the hinged door are two small drawers. All original hand made iron fittings with Gumbai handle with a natural wood grain finish and straight dovetail joinery construction.
Chests such as these were used in a home to store letters, photos, miscellaneous ephemera, small valuables and other sundry items. It was an invaluable piece of Japanese furniture that kept a home tidy and organized.
Contemporary uses for this tansu would include using it as a bedside cabinet or displaying it as a beautiful side table.
Age: Meiji period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 24″ Wide x 25 1/8″ High x 13″ Deep