This is an vintage Japanese personal storage chest called Ko Tansu from mid.1900's. It was used to store letters, documents, books and other items for daily use. It was constructed using Paulownia wood (Japanese Kirinoki).
Contemporary uses for this piece include placement on a desk for additional office storage, using this as an elegant side table or placing it next to a bed for the perfect nightstand.
23 1/4"W x 11 1/2"D x 18"H