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German Dollhouse Furniture - Kestner Tall Cupboard or Armoire with Faux Grained Finish - Small 1" Scale
This lovely dollhouse cupboard 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 and until around the turn of the century.
Made of light wood with glued construction and painted to resemble rosewood or other exotic wood. The top surface is covered with paper printed to replicate marble. The door was made to look like 2 with a strip of half-turned beading down the center flanked by 2 small wooden knobs. Sits on 4 round feet. Two shelves inside.
Measures 5" tall, 3" wide and 1 3/4" deep and perhaps smaller than 1" scale considering the form. The interior shelves are about 1" apart. Shown in the second picture with 1" scale chairs, a large 1" scale dresser and 1" scale accessories for size reference. These are not included.
In nice condition with no breaks or repairs. The back piece was not cut squarely and a look at that view gives the illusion that the piece is crooked but it is perfectly square. There is some chipping to the top edge of the cornice piece* shown in the last picture. Minor waviness in the 'marble' paper covering the top.
*We have often wondered about how the finishes were achieved on this faux painted furniture and suspect that some sort of very thin painted or printed veneer was applied to the rather inferior wood that the pieces are made from. This chipping could be evidence of this.
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