This is a vintage Japanese personal storage chest called Ko Tansu from early Showa (1920's-1940'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.
23 3/4"W x 11 3/4"D x 19"H