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.
An unusual model of a Venetian sedan chair, painted with putti and florals on a crackle green ground and with coat-of-arms to each side, the roof of bombe shape, the glazed door opening to reveal a salmon silk upholstered interior, the back wall hung with
A miniature model of a kitchen dresser, Italian, 19th century, the dresser shelves laden with assorted books, ceramics, baskets of fruit and vegetables, a ham, cheese and other necessities, the drawers and enclosed cupboard also containing goods and chatte
A 19th century Australian cedar miniature wardrobe, the shaped cornice above three central short graduated drawers flanked by cupboard doors, raised on a shaped plinth base, 59 cm wide, 21 cm deep, 51 cm high.
A New Zealand woods miniature cabinet with two doors decorated with shield shaped panels which open to reveal two half width drawers over three of full width, china knobs, top and two sides in burr totara, the doors and plinth base, kauri and rimu with the
An early Victorian miniature sample sideboard, in rosewood, mahogany and oak. Shaped backboard with shelf, the lower section with a long drawer above cupboard doors revealing three drawers. Height 43 cm. Width 30 cm
An early Victorian miniature mahogany bookcase, circa 1850, the shaped everted pediment over a plain frieze on double glazed doors with moulded edges standing on a flat base. Height 68 cm. Width 58 cm. Depth 37 cm
A miniature hardwood cabinet, 19th/20th century, of rectangular form, the two doors with upper panels pierced with a bird and flowering prunus, the interior with arched surround below a pierced dragon panel 23 cm wide, 17 cm deep, 36 cm high
A Victorian walnut miniature secretaire cabinet, circa 1860, the rectangular chamfered top with satin wood stringing over a deep hinged drawer front opening to reveal a fitted interior and tooled leather writing surface over a further drawer and glazed cup
Miniature writing bureau c.1875 This very fine example was evidently designed and made as a desk compendium, the front lifts up to reveal a fitted interior complete with period ink stains as an indicator of its actual use, the use of brass ring pull handle
William Norrie specimen cabinet of small proportions with two inlaid doors opening to reveal four specimen wood drawers with inlaid knobs. Timbers featured include rimu, totara burr, rewarewa, puriri and others
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