Learn about Apprentice Furniture

Small-scale versions of cabinet furniture, sometimes made by apprentice craftsmen to demonstrate their technical skills. More commonly, such pieces were made by skilled tradesmen and taken around country districts by journeymen or commercial travellers, so customers could order household furniture from these samples. Miniature furniture pieces, often made for children, are frequently described as apprentice pieces. They are now highly sought after, but, buyer beware, the market abounds with many imported and locally produced 'apprentice pieces' of more recent manufacture.

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A huon pine six drawer apprentice chest. 36 cm high, 34 cm wide, 17 cm deep

A 19th century Australian full cedar apprentice chest, with seven drawers above turned legs, lacking two drawer knobs, 64 x 65.5x 25.5 cm

Birdseye huon pine apprentice chest of drawers (20th century)

A fine Victorian oak apprentice chest. Second half 19th century. The miniature chest with an extended top, two half width and three full width drawers below all with turned timber handles and raised on tapering bun feet. Height 31.5 cm. Width 32 cm. Depth

Regency mahogany apprentice chest with fluted top, two short and two long ebony crossbanded drawers on ringed feet

A mahogany four drawer apprentice chest on bracket feet.

Fine antique miniature chest of drawers with four drawers. Possibly apprentice piece, 20.5 cm wide, 26.5 cm high

A miniature English 'Spice' chest with antique dealers association stick, approx 14.5 cm high, 18 cm wide, 8.5 cm deep

Oak chest of four drawers brass handles, small proportions possibly apprentice piece 53 cm high, 51 cm wide x 26 cm deep

Apprentice chest, Australian cedar, late 19th century. 52 cm high, 47 cm wide, 26 cm deep.

An apprentice chest, red pine, late 19th century. 38 cm high, 40.5 cm wide, 27.5 cm deep

An apprentice four-drawer miniature chest (of exhibition quality) incorporating various Australian timbers

Oak chest of four drawers brass handles, small proportions possibly apprentice piece 53 cm high, 51 cm wide, 26 cm deep

Walnut & oak apprentice chest comprising two small drawers & three large drawers on cabriole legs, retailed for C. Ford & Co Ltd, Lymington. Condition good, minor wear, good patina. Height 29 cm

Victorian maple & mahogany apprentice chest of drawers 30 cm high, 31 cm wide, 17 cm deep

Miniature chest of 5 drawers, late 19th century with inscription 'These chest of drawers was made by my father in the year 1899 at Castlemaine Vic. Aust. out of some poplar trees which were growing in our garden for a great many years, father was 73 years

Miniature cedar and pine four drawer apprentice style chest

Antique mahogany miniature serpentine front chest of drawers, with turned ivory knobs, approx 28 cm wide, 32 cm high

A Georgian revival mahogany apprentice chest, circa 1920s, of bow front form having a pull out shelf above two half drawers with three full width drawers below all with petite oval ring pull brass handles, with a shaped apron and upon small splayed bracket

A Regency mahogany and ebony inlaid miniature chest of drawers together with another miniature chest, the rectangular top with brass handle above four graduated drawers with ebony line inlay and brass handles, raised on turned feet, the second smaller ches

A New Zealand specimen wood apprentice chest, circa 1870, Mottled Kauri, Totara knot and Puriri, the moulded rectangular top above two short and three long drawers on a plinth base, 36 cm wide, x 27 cm deep x, 42 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection Mel

A good Victorian miniature chest of drawers in mahogany, with 6 drawers flanked by turned and ornately caved columns, on turned bun feet, 39 cm wide, 26 cm deep, 42 cm high

Cedar four drawer apprentice chest with cantilever top, 55.5 cm high x 50 cm wide x 27.5 cm deep

5 drawer miniature cedar apprentice chest of drawers, 40.5 cm high x 40.5 cm wide and 18 cm deep

A Japanese parquetry miniature chest of drawers, circa 1900. 45 cm high, 45 cm wide

A 19th century Australian miniature cedar and casuarina cross-banded apprentice chest, the rectangular top above with cross-banded edge above two short and three long graduated drawer with turned handles, raised on a plinth base, 41 cm wide, 24 cm deep, 45

A good cedar apprentice chest of drawers 2 short of 3 long graduated 46 x 22 x 38 cm

A fine parquetry double sided jewellery chest, in the form of an apprentice chest with two drawers to one side and glass fronted door enclosing mirrored back compartment to the other 29 cm. W x 26 d x 29 h

A colonial New Zealand woods miniature chest of two short above two long drawers, thumb moulded top edge, conforming edge to the platform base, bun knob handles, timbers including mottled kauri, kauri, rimu, etc. 30 x 21 x 31 cm

Late Victorian oak apprentice chest consisting of 5 drawers. Dimensions 40 x 30 x 14 cm

Early Georgian satinwood apprentice chest. Two small upper and three full length lower drawers. Height 36. Width 37 Depth 20 cm

Georgian mahogany apprentice chest. Two small and three lower full length drawers. Height 31 cm. Width 28 Depth 16 cm

19th century mahogany apprentice chest with shaped Apron front

Colonial birdseye huon pine and blackwood apprentice chest of drawers, 49.5 cm high x 43.5 cm wide and 25.5 cm deep

A huon pine miniature apprentice chest, the tall chest with cotton reel carved columns to each side, an ogee fronted full width drawer, below a false fronted deep drawer, second deep drawer and two short drawers, with a further three full width drawers, 42

A New Zealand specimen wood apprentice chest 19th century, the miniature chest with carved corbels to each side framing the double pair of short drawers with central deep drawer above three full width drawers each with glass handles, the specimens includin

A 19th century walnut miniature chest of five drawers, the drawer fascias with bevelled edges, bun handles, raised on a plinth base, the top with a thumb moulded edge. 29.5 x 14 x 31.5 cm

A 19th century miniature flame mahogany chest of five drawers, with bun handles, raised on plinth base, squat bun feet. 30 x 13 x 32 cm

A late 19th century apprentice chest, fruitwood and mahogany, four full width drawers with serpentine apron to base. 25.5 x 12.5 x 28 cm

Federation walnut on pine apprentice's chest. of four drawers. Missing one glass knob. Height 50 cm. Width 46 cm. Depth 25 cm

A 19th century miniature mahogany chest of drawers 35 cm high, 20.5 cm deep, 32 cm wide