Le Louvre French Antiques

1400 Slocum Street
Dallas, TX 75207
214-742-2605 FAX: 214-742-2639
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Code 518-24
Miniature Antique Chest of Drawers from France, Circa 1880

This antique miniature French table top commode with marble top dates to the 19th Century. It is in the Louis XV style with splayed feet, shaped (or "bombe") sides, and bronze hardware throughout. The linear parquetry motifs on the drawers are made with a light colored wood. The commode is veneered in Kingwood, while the sides and drawer centers are veneered in mahogany. The shaped marble top has shades of pink, gray, and white.

Miniature pieces of furniture first appeared in the Middle Ages when there were guilds for furniture makers.  In order to become a master, the carpenter had to present a life-sized example, but sometimes a reduced model, true to scale, would be presented. Later, in the 19th Century, these mini models gained a certain popularity among traveling word workers and ebenistes. A wood worker would create a miniature model based off of his drawings. This would then be presented to a potential client for approval before the normal size model was created. Other wood workers created miniatures simply for the pleasures of honing their skills, as the same level of technical efficacy would be required. One of the largest collections of miniature masterpieces resides in the Museum of Miniature Furniture in Chateau Vendeuvre in Normandy.

Great as a table top accessory, this miniature antique French commode can fulfill many purposes, including doubling as a jewelry box.

CONDITION:  Good antique condition with small loss of veneer to right side middle drawer, and raised area to top left drawer. Other minor rubs and nicks.

H=10 3/8, L=11 3/4, D=7 1/2
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