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 Regency period apprentice's miniature mahogany table, the circular tilt-top raised on a ring turned baluster column, supported on three scroll legs with acanthus carved capping, terminating in carved scroll feet. Diameter 32 cm, height 25 cm
A rare early 20th century New Zealand rimu miniature cabinet maker's model table of refectory form, the rectangular top on square section legs with internal chamfers and cross stretcher, original polish with darker toned base. 25.5 x 14.5 x 13.7 cm
A miniature burr walnut sewing/writing table late 19th century, the scaled version duplicating a ladies sewing table with lift top lid revealing a fitted surface, a lower drawer segmented and containing tiny bobbins and complete with a slide out work baske
Miniature dressing table c.1890 miniature versions of furniture were frequently made during the New Zealand colonial period, sometimes as an apprentice piece, at other times as novel jewellery boxes, desk compendiums, or more functionally as easily transpo
Miniature kauri table This delightful table, with its well defined turned legs and simple edge detail, indicate an intent rather than a miniaturisation of an actual table. In a colonial context it is unusual to find a square dining table, although some do
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