This is an authentic antique Japanese merchant cabinet called Choba Tansu from Middle Meiji period ( 1880's - 1890's). It measures 35.13" tall, 34" wide, 15" deep. It has an original Urushi lacquer finish with a Zelkova (Keyaki) wood face and Cryptomeria (Suginoki) frame and drawer backs. The unique lock plates resemble the auspicious lucky treasure bag (Takara Bukuro) which represents generosity and prosperity.
The Choba Tansu was used almost exclusively by merchants and was traditionally used in stores and shops to impress customers. These chests display elaborate metal hardware that is meant to make it look important and catch the eye of the customer. This antique Japanese tansu will make a great addition to any home decor.