This is a antique Japanese merchant chest called Choba Tansu from Middle Meiji period ( 1880's - 1890's). It was constructed from Zelkova (Keyaki), Cypress (Hinoki) and Cryptomeria (Suginoki) woods and its original Urushi lacquer finish retains its elegant look.
Merchant chests were used by business owners for both function and marketing. For function, it served to store business papers, documents, valuables, books, stationery and sometimes calligraphy brushes, inkstone and inksticks. For marketing, it was displayed in a prominent part of the store so that customers would visually think that the business was established and successful to afford such a fancy and impressive form of furniture.
31"W x 14"D x 35"H