Antique Japanese kaidan (step tansu). Made in two stacking sections and consisting of 7 steps with storage on one side. The top section has two drawers, a small compartment with a drop-in door on the very top and a compartment opened by sliding panels with vertical slats. The lower section has two drawers and a large compartment opened by sliding panels also with vertical slats. Made of sugi (cryptomeria) wood with reddish lacquer finish on the front. The steps have a natural finish. Hardware is made of iron and includes hirute shaped drawer pulls. This kaidan once was part of the inside of a house and used as both storage and stairs to the upper level.
Age: Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 80″ high x 75″ wide x 32″ deep