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This pristine example has an inscription on the bottom, "offert a Berthe au souvenir de mon voyage au Suisse 1909", giving it endearing provenance to a particular place in history.
It is entirely of carved maple and is exquisitely designed. The cabinet stands on four upturned feet, each with a decorative incised design. The bottom drawer is hidden when closed and is accessed only by opening the cabinet. The drawer has three incised panels with carved flowers and maple leaves. There is a lock mechanism and keyhole but sadly no key.
The cabinet lifts upward with a sliding central panel. This panel is beautifully carved with a matching design of a flower and two maple leaves. Each of the six little swinging drawers have matching carved panels on two sides. The figural carving at the top features two deer, a mother and a baby who has little spike horns. They sit/stand on flat rocks with an alpine tree behind them.
All drawers are lined with claret red silk. The cabinet measures 14" tall to the top of the carved tree. The cabinet base is 8 3/4" tall, 5 1/4" deep and 9" wide. Each little drawer is 1 1/2" deep inside: the outside measurements of each drawer are 3 1/4" across 3 1/2" deep. The bottom drawer is 2" deep. There are fine brass hinges on all moving parts.
It survives in exceptional condition, as if upon receipt as a present, it was placed away in a trunk or cabinet. There is one accident to the mother dear (she is missing part of her long ear) but otherwise there are no missing parts or accidents to the carvings. There is evidence of an oval ticket from the original store where the piece was purchased on the bottom. The silk is original condition with no fading.
This is a unique and resplendent example with a charming history.
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