Subject:Re: Is this a Japanese Kaidan-dansu / Tansu chest?
Posted By: sue Sat, Jan 06, 2018
This is not a kaidan dansu. A real kaidan dansu is a large piece of furniture. A kaidan dansu was used as a staircase that incorporated storage in the form of drawers and cupboards into its outer side. As such, it has to be at least 7ft tall ,other wise it is too short to reach the next floor.
Looking at the style of the metal work your box appears to be Korean. These fittings are not Japanese.
Japanese chests are usually not dovetailed. They normally have simple lap joints held together with wooden pins.
The wood of your box looks like zelkova ...asian elm.