An antique Japanese Kotansu (personal storage chest) made entirely of Kiri (Paulownia) wood. All original bronze hardware. Opposing hinged doors with the right side securing 2 drawers and the left side hiding 2 removable trays and a drawer. The balance of the chest has 9 drawers of varying sizes to storage and organization. Constructed using straight dovetail joinery and hardened wooden nails.
The Kotansu was an all purpose chest used to keep important documents, valuables, writing tools and correspondence together in one place. It was an invaluable piece of furniture for the Japanese family and one that was well cared for.
Age: Meiji/Taisho (1910-1920)
Dimensions: 24 3/4" Wide by 28 5/8" High by 13 1/8" Deep