This is an antique Japanese Mizuya tansu, kitchen chest from from Middle Meiji period ( 1880's - 1890's). It is constructed out of Zelkova (Keyaki), Cypress (Hinoki) and Cryptomeria (Suginoki) woods. This set stacks in two sections and features voluminous storage and traditional elegance.
Originally 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.
This tansu has become increasingly rare as they are now difficult to find in Japan especially in this fine condition. It features vertical slats on the bottom sliding doors that were made with individual pieces of wood rather than wood panels that were carved to look like slats,also keyaki wooden grains in the front is just incredible.
69"W x 19 1/2"D x 68 3/4"H