I always search for these fabulous scaled down tabletop vitrines out of 1800s and earlier, and we love using them in our home decor to display collections of small items like portrait miniatures, beautiful enameled boxes or snuff boxes. As well, they hang in our bathrooms and serve as the most gorgeous little vanity and or towels cabinet. Whether hung on a wall or resting on a dresser, these are just wonderful. This one is early 1800s, possibly earlier. Has age showing and the old carving is so Country French, isn't it. The height on this one is 28". It has its original wooden shelf inside. Some people line the interior with a nice silk fabric, put in glass shelves and install a light inside top to show off collections. You'll find the perfect way to incorporate this museum piece into your decor and life. I'm thinking of adding another bathroom just to have another space to put this old beauty to work. This one might well have been an apprentice piece, made as a one-of-a-kind test of sorts at some stage in his education at the Master's workbenches, designed in smaller scale and finished to show the student's grasp of the skills he has learned so far. Those apprentice pieces are, particularly the more advanced ones, the most charming French furnishings ever. They are sought after by doll collectors, but were not made as doll furniture. The history of the eboniste's trade and the apprentice system that still exists in France and other parts of Europe is embodied in these old ones. Isn't it fabulous!
Good to very good condition for age and type. We'd date this one early 1800s, possibly late 1700s. It has a lot of age to the old hand carved wood, and there are a few long-since treated woodworm holes which is common and appealing in its own way (to the extent that furniture makers try to incorporate such dots into their finishes on the finest pieces). I never mind a few of them, just as long as the wood isn't pithy at all, and this has none of that. While the cabinet is old, it appears it has a restoration addition of the newer lock with working key. I am sure that is late 1800s, as is the wooden inner trim that holds the glass door panel in place. You can see it well in our images for your inspection. The tassel will stay with the key but it is not antique. Such a charming old treasure, this one. Sturdy, though shows age. It is solid and ready to be hung or used tabletop/dresser top.
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