This little miniature is in the form of a French Chevet, or nightstand. It comes from Paris and dates from 1890-1910.
French doll collectors of the late nineteenth century were fortunate for the wide variety of miniatures produced for them. The doll industry was at it's peak from 1880-1900 and many specialty shops in Paris sold special objects made especially for use with French dolls.
This piece is a metal cast which has been finished in a gilded bronze color. It is an exact replica of a French chevet, with the classic rounded top, curvy legs and bombe shaped sides. Intricate details have been molded into the piece to replicate fancy ormolu and carvings. The top of the box lifts up to reveal beautiful claret silk lining, the lid is tufted with little silk buttons and trimmed with yellow silk braid. The bottom had a claret silk tufted cushion. The sides are lined as well and trimmed with fancy, wide claret colored braid. The underneath of the piece reads, "Depose 213" which is a patent number.
It survives in very good and sound condition. The front left leg raises up slightly from the table, but the piece will sit level. The interior is in excellent condition. The hinge of the lid works perfectly. It measures: 4 1/2" tall,3" wide across the front legs, 3" deep front to back legs, the interior measures:1 3/4" deep.
It is a beautiful little piece to use with French dolls or to hold a special piece of jewelry on a dressing table.
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