Vintage Japanese Cha Tansu (22M-C9)

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This a vintage Japanese 2 section tea chest called Cha Tansu.  It was constructed out of Mulberry (Kuwanoki), Horse chestnut (Tochinoki) and Paulownia (Kirinoki) woods from Taisho period (1910's-1920's).

Behind the sliding doors ,there is a Tokonoma style shelf for display and below the shelf,there is a removable tray for draining water for tea. 

The tea chest was typically used in a Japanese home in the room similar to the western living room.  It was used to keep items for casual tea service as well as storage for an assortment of items for the home. The display area was designed to showcase seasonal or holiday decorative accents such as flower arrangements for the change of season or dolls for Boy's (Children's) Day or Girl's Day festivals. 

35 3/4"W x 13 1/4"D x 59"H