This little armoire has all the charms of southern France. It is made of solid wood and would date from 1900-1910.
It is made solidly, with a curved base. It has one drawer (lined with fabric) which has a little brass door pull. There are two large doors with fine brass hinges. There is one little brass door pull. The interior is lined with a lovely Provencal fabric, which is off white with a red, green and blue floral design (the fabric was added at a later date than the manufacture of the armoire body). There is one interior shelf.
The top features two turned balusters which complete the decorative turned columns on either side of the armoire. The back is solid, and the back legs (which are smaller as is the custom on these pieces) are steady. The wood grain throughout is beautiful and has a rich deep, slightly reddish brown patina (the armoire appears slightly redder in our photos due to the lighting equipment). The lovely patina has the rich beauty that is only achieved with age.
The armoire is in excellent condition. There is slight wear, as expected. There is a slight chip to the top left corner inner molding (see photo). The small chip is only superficial and is not really noticeable unless closely inspected. There is a slight chip on the very top panel, but this does not effect the solidity of the piece at all. The fabric is darkened in the interior from use and time.
The measurements are: 18 1/8" tall, 12" wide and 6 1/2" deep. The interior shelf is 5 1/4" deep, the measurement from the shelf to the top of the piece is 9 1/4"; from the bottom to the bottom of the shelf, 3 1/2".
We are always delighted to find a fine miniature armoire such as this. The quality workmanship of the piece simply does not exist today. The passage of time has given this wonderful miniature armoire a glowing beauty and charming personality.
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