This is a spectacular plate rack made in oak in an antique doll or large scale dollhouse size, 12 inches by 11 inches. This must have originally been in a wonderful doll vignette or large scale German doll house of great distinction as the carving and detailing are masterful. It is Jacobean, or sometimes called Gothic Revival style, which became popular again circa 1865 onwards for a period of 20-35 years. The rack has carved animal heads holding rings ( to hold serving cutlery) and pegs along the bottom for cups and other ware. Along the bottom there is carving depicting the Tudor Rose, a heraldic emblem of England.
The workmanship that has gone into the carving on this piece is equal to that of full scale pieces. In fact, to be able to carve in this scale, a cabinet maker has to be skilled indeed. This must have belonged to a very special and privileged little girl as this is not a piece that could be turned out quickly.
I hesitate to call this a salesman's sample or apprentice piece as that terminology has been overused in reference to miniature pieces. However, this is a lovely miniature furniture piece which could hold its own in an early miniature furniture collection. See Richard Gardner Antiques in Chichester for similar pieces and check out the prices!
While this piece is beautifully carved, it also has a folksy charm about it. The plates are not included. They are of a very rare Georgian children's set The Queen of Sheba circa 1815, also for sale in my shop.
Your early French, English or German doll would love to have this piece in her display vignette. Purchased in England for a price almost twice that of ask, this is a one of a kind piece that you will not find again.
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