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.
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
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
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
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