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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Australian depression pine two height miniature kitchen dresser, approx 53 cm high, 31 cm wide, 13 cm deep

A miniature roll top desk with inlaid timbers, 19th century, 28.5 cm high, 27.5 cm wide, 18 cm deep

A 19th century miniature oak kitchen dresser. Height 65 cm, width 55 cm, depth 25 cm

An unusual apprentice piece being a 1930's Art Deco sideboard. 40 cm high, 46 cm wide, 20 cm deep

An unusual French ormolu mounted apprentice dresser, having two cupboards below. 68 cm high, 46 cm wide, 21 cm deep

A Victorian rosewood revolving miniature bookcase of square form, circa 1880, 59 cm high, 45 cm square

Meiji gold lacquer three drawer miniature cabinet painted all over with birds in flight, with nut form handles. Condition excellent to good, very minor wear to the feet. Height 8.5 cm

Child's miniature kitchen dresser with glass doors enclosing shelved interiors. Height 78 cm. Width 51 cm. Depth 19 cm

A Chippendale Revival mahogany two door miniature corner cabinet. 69 cm high, 50 cm long, 26 cm deep

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 Hans J Wegner, Vitra Design Museum Miniatures Collection: Y Mini chair + a miniature designer table (af) (2) each in timber. Purchased Design Centre, Tasmania, 2005, height 12 cm, height 9.5 cm

Miniature apprentice cabinet / wardrobe, drawer to base and top cupboard. Height 46 cm, width 40 cm.

Superb mid 19th century miniature mahogany bookcase fitted with specimen drawers in top & base 70 cm high, 38.5 cm wide, 25 cm deep

Victorian walnut apprentice tallboy inlaid with satinwood, 40.5 cm high, 32 cm wide, 17.5 cm deep

Apprentice satinwood cigarette holder circa 1900, standing 14 cm tall

Miniature kitchen dresser with single drawer, approx 33 cm high, 19.5 cm wide

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 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

An Australian cedar and mahogany apprentice display cabinet 59 cm high

19th century birdseye huon pine apprentice chaise longue with carved rosette decoration facetted legs and original horsehair stuffing, 74 cm long x 30 cm deep x 52 cm high

19th century cedar apprentice style cabinet with three drawers in base and two upper doors, 88 cm high x 49 cm wide x 25.5 cm deep (possibly made for dolls furniture)

19th century cedar apprentice bookcase, 55 cm high x 30 cm wide x 19 cm deep

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 19th century Italian miniature drop front bureau, rectangular, with a drop front above a sham front rectangular door opening to a storage compartment, bracket supports, 70 x 57 x 38 cm.

Rare Australian apprentice cedar and huon pine bookcase with two door arched glassed upper section and two shield panel cupboard doors below. 112 x 67 x 33 cm

Victorian mahogany apprentice Secretaire in the Georgian manner, with brass fittings, five drawers & fitted interior. Dimensions 45 x 40 x 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 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

A colonial NZ timber inlay apprentice cupboard over single drawer. Geometric decoration. Height 26 cm. Width 21 cm

Pokerwork miniature desk 16.5 cm wide, 10.5 cm deep, 9.5 cm high

19th century cedar apprentice chiffonier, 83 cm high x 56 cm wide x 25 cm deep

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

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

Miniature colonial cedar miners couch with rolling pin ends and original horse hair stuffing (92 cm long x 38 cm deep and 47 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

A Regency rosewood cut brass inlaid miniature key cabinet, with sarcophagus top above a door flanked by columns, velvet lined interior with hooks. Width 32 cm. Depth 21 cm. Height 32 cm

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