$110 Off!! This lovely parlor set for a 1" scale doll house includes a mirrored cabinet, settee, table and 6 chairs. The faux grained finish is typical of furniture made by Kestner around the turn of the 20th Century.
Made of light wood with a steam pressed finish* emulating rosewood and accented with black "ebony" turned columns on the cabinet and legs on the other pieces.The chairs and settee are upholstered in dark maroon velvet flocked with gold posies and trimmed in maroon cotton fringe. The doors and drawer on the cabinet open with small embossed pewter knobs.
The cabinet measures 5 1/2" tall, 3" wide and 1 3/4" deep. Sofa is 4" tall (1 1/2" to seat), 5" wide and 1 3/4" deep. The table is a 4 3/8" by 2 1/4" rectangle by 2" tall. Chairs are 3 3/4" tall (1 1/2" to seat), 2" wide and 1 1/2" deep.
The set is in Very nice condition with no sign of play-wear other than minor wear on the edges. The upholstery is especially nice with very little wear and no stains or tears. Only the sofa shows some missing and shorter fringe on the front. One chair has a break that was badly repaired and there are signs of regluing on table legs and several chair legs and one of the horizontal door panels on the cabinet. Both mirrors show silver loss, one more than the other. Overall in exceptional condition!
We have tried to show all aspects of this lovely set in our 9 allotted photos. Please do not hesitate to request additional pictures and information.
*We have long been curious about the satiny smooth finishes found on some of the Kestner, Schneegas and other German dollhouse pieces. In particular, this faux-grained furniture and the so-called Golden Oak furniture made by Schneegas. The furniture is made of light wood of a somewhat inferior grade or at least not a wood that would finish this nicely. We recently found mention of a 'steam pressed' finish in one of our reference books** but there was no elaboration on the technique or what was actually 'steam pressed'. One may presume that a very thin coat of veneer was applied using a pressing method but if this is the case, the layer is so thin as to not be distinguishable from the wood. Or perhaps the pressing method somehow burned or 'melted' the wood giving it the super-smooth finish. We would love to hear other people's comments and opinions on this matter.
**"Dollhouse Furniture" by Margaret Towner