This is a vintage Japanese personal storage chest called Ko Tansu from Taisho (1910's-1920's). It was used to store letters, documents, books and other items for daily use. Made of Paulownia wood (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.
25"W x 13 1/4"D x 25"H