Fabulous vintage Maitland Smith 16.5" wide mahogany jewelry chest in the form of a miniature doll or salesman's sample sized George I or William & Mary style kneehole desk with seven drawers, bronze drawer pulls and locking lower compartment complete with skeleton key! At first glance, I thought this was indeed a Victorian or Edwardian era miniature desk, likely a Bru doll accent or salesman's sample...that's how well it's constructed with the appearance of just such a piece. Beautiful ribboned mahogany veneers and craftsmanship like you would expect from an antique piece. Just under the top drawer, centered above the lower doored compartment, is a slide-out surface with a brass plaque reading "Maitland - Smith". Do a quick search on Google and you'll see that even these vintage pieces bring premium prices. I did quite a bit of online looking and didn't see a similar desk shaped piece anywhere, quite unique and guaranteed to please! Don't miss it.
For 30 years Maitland-Smith has been in the business of creating exquisite and unique decorative accessories, lighting and accent furniture. Their design roots, however, go much deeper. Antiques from 17th and 18th Century England have always played an important role early in their history; inspiring designs that captured the appearance and quality of the originals. Over time, they found that their designs have evolved and today incorporate style, materials and methods found in many other parts of the world.
Today Maitland-Smith is an industry leader well known for its world-class quality and innovative design. Areas of expertise include metal casting, finely executed porcelains, sophisticated finishing techniques, detailed hand painting, beautiful inlaid marquetry and the finest hand carved woodwork. Leather, penshell and eggshell are just a few of the multitude of materials that are used to create Maitland-Smith treasures. Maitland-Smith takes great pride in the quality of their materials and the highly skilled artisans who fashion these unique pieces each year.
*Information above is copied from Maitland Smith's website*
Very good condition. There are a few marks or chips to the finish on the top (small and inconsequential) and some scratching to the back (see pictures). Heavy and finely crafted, the piece weighs just over 20 lbs (9 kg). Working lock with antique skeleton key in the lower center compartment, all original turned bronze drawer pulls. See pictures for all measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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