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German Dollhouse Furniture - Kestner 3 Drawer Chest with Faux Grained Finish - Large 1" Scale
This lovely doll house 3 drawer chest or dresser was made in the 1800's and probably by Kestner although it is not marked. The faux-grain finish is typical of the furniture made by this German company as early as the 1830's until the end of the Victorian Era.
Made of light wood with glued construction and painted* to resemble a more exotic wood. The top surface is covered with printed paper to replicate marble. The drawers are functional and open with small turned wooden knobs. The mirror frame features a gracefully scalloped top and holds the original mirror.
Made in what may be considered large 1" scale. It is similar in size to the larger Schneegas pieces and is shown in the second picture with typically sized 1" scale chairs. Measures 6" tall overall (just over 3" to top surface), 4 1/2" wide and 1 3/4" deep.
In lovely condition with just a few minor issues; the mirror frame was glued (or re-glued) just slightly off center to the base piece and also is not quite flush with the back surface. There is a chip on the bottom drawer divider and two of the drawer pulls have tiny chips. These can all be seen in the next to the last photo. The last photo shows a tiny ding in one side and a small area on the top surface side edge with no paper. The paper covering is otherwise in very nice condition with several areas with waviness on the top surface.
We have tried to show all aspects of this delightful little piece and the photographs act as part of our description. Additional pictures and information with be gladly provided.
*We wonder whether this finish was painted directly on the wood or if it was a layer of very thin veneer that was painted or printed prior to applying to the furniture. We wonder the same about certain other German furniture, specifically the Golden Oak Schneegas pieces. The finish on these pieces is so satiny smooth that it seems unlikely to be achieved on the soft porous wood that the furniture is made from. We would love to hear other people's opinion about this and, of course, facts are always welcome. :-D
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