This is a vintage Japanese personal storage chest called Ko Tansu from Taisho period (1910's-1920's). It was used to store letters, documents, books and other items for daily use. Made of 100% Paulownia wood (Kirinoki).
Contemporary uses for this piece include placement on a desk for additional office storage or using this as an elegant side table.
24"W x 12"D x 26"H