This is an antique Japanese Mizuya tansu, Kitchen chest from Kyoto from the Middle Meiji period ( 1880's - 1890's). This set stacks in two sections and features voluminous storage and traditional elegance.
The elegant color tones of this tansu come from the Keyaki (Zelkova), Sugi ( Cedar ) and Hinoki (Cypress) woods,also Kaki ( Persimmon ) as a accent. Keyaki wood is valued in Japan and used often for furniture because of its beautiful color and grain. Cypress wood is commonly used for its beautiful golden brown hues and its clean grain that makes it appealing for furniture and design accents.
It used in the Japanese kitchen (Daidokoro), the bottom section held large jars of water for cooking while the upper section stored dishes, cookware, and utensils.
45"Wx 16 1/2"D x 64"H