Pine Miniature Chest of Drawers, England, c. 1910
This is an English miniature chest of drawers made of pine wood. The pine has a light yellow grain painted design. There is some peeling of the paint here and there. According to Genevieve Cummins (Antique Boxes, Inside and Out, 2006) "miniature furniture items are often called apprentice pieces, as they are thought to have been made as proof of prowess, or as a sample, or maybe just to be delightful." This is certainly a delightful chest of drawers.
The chest has three drawers and was constructed with the tongue and groove . Each drawer a pull made of celluloid or a contemporary plastic. The pulls may be a replacement for the original pulls. There is a nice coordination of color between the pulls and the exterior of the chest. The chest measures 14 3/4 inches wide, 11 1/2 inches high and 8 3/4 inches deep. There is a small piece of wood missing at the back of top on the left side and there is a 1 3/4 inch piece of the edge missing from of the right side panel. The small area has been smoothed and painted, however. There is a small nick on the right side next to the top drawer. The unusual knobs are bakelite.
This is a versatile antique English chest of drawers. It could be used and displayed.
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