With the original mirror set beautifully in the door, an attractive lighter wood finish and natural bamboo, this Napoleon III era miniature would have been the delight of some doll owner or collector, but it's original purpose was likely to show the skills of an apprentice to a master cabinetry maker, or 'ebeniste' of the last half of 1800s. The items of miniature furniture like this, almost to exclusion of all, were miniaturized furnishings popular in the time they were made, and were projects to show mastery of different furniture making skills. The hardware is often one of a kind hand made/cast and we see fine details like dovetails on the drawers, superb exotic veneers, each section hand hewn and put together to the student's design. A Master could then evaluate the work, move an apprentice up the skills set as warranted. These served something like a semester's final exam, of sorts. Now, of course, these old pieces are wonderful and sought after to group on a buffet top, or to house and show off collections of small, and of course the doll collectors beg for them, as well. Not so long ago, a single small desk we noted sold to doll collectors for over $10,000 (not ours, but sold at auction). These can accent display of your own Bru or other French or European dolls, or delight a favored child who just wants Barbie to have her own antique-decorated showhouse. Aren't they fun! We have more charming small items of furniture coming in soon, as well as a few now listed. Be sure to see them all.
Excellent condition. Just as you see it, with hardly a flaw to note or sign of its nearly 100 years or so. There is a slight upward bend to the top, rear right corner (visible in the images) and an age/drying split at the bottom of the back wood panel. See pictures for all measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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