This is an antique Japanese Gifu Mizuya, 2 section Kitchen chest from the Late Meiji period (1890's-1900's) .
The elegant honey color tones of this tansu come from Cypress (Hinoki) and Cryptomeria (Suginoki) woods.
Cypress wood is commonly used for its beautiful golden brown hues and its clean grain that makes it appealing for furniture and design accents. Mizuya Dansu was most likely used in the kitchen of a Japanese household for the storage of plates, utensils and food items. Most kitchen chests will not have locks and will have a combination of sliding doors and drawers.
It is quite functional for the contemporary home since its beauty is matched by its substantial storage capacity. The sections can be separated for use in different rooms of the house or one section can be hung on the wall as a cabinet right above the other section which would act as a sideboard or buffet chest.
46 3/4"W x 16 1/4"D x 51 1/2"H