This is a boxed set of five small Japanese lacquer tables/trays. The box measures 29" tall x 15-5/8" wide x 15-7/8" deep. It appears to be made of cedar. Each of the five lacquer table/trays measure 13-7/8" square x 4-3/4" tall. Four of five trays are undamaged and in fine condition. The fifth table has suffered a crack in the center of the serving area.
These trays were bought from an antique dealer in Fukuoka, Japan in 1999. They have been in our possession since.
What you have here is indeed a lovely wooden chest with serving trays from Japan. I believe these are not antiques but made mid 20th century or a little later. These trays were made more for home decoration then to serve food or drinks. You could put a vase with flowers on it or small decorative objects. Its nice the original chest is there. I believe despite of the lack of age on this object it is desirable for quite a group of buyers I suspect. I would not be surprised if your chest with serving trays would fetch a price around the estimate I gave above.