Early 18th Century Burr Oak Miniature ‘Apprentice Piece’ Chest of Drawers
Early 18th Century Burr Oak Miniature ‘Apprentice Piece’ Chest of Drawers
Early 18th Century Burr Oak Miniature ‘Apprentice Piece’ Chest of Drawers
Early 18th Century Burr Oak Miniature ‘Apprentice Piece’ Chest of Drawers

Early 18th Century Burr Oak Miniature ‘Apprentice Piece’ Chest of Drawers

1710 to 1730 England

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An early 18th Century ‘apprentice piece’ chest of drawers in burr oak. Decorated with double half round and end grain mouldings. The hinged lid with brown oak banding lifts to reveal a large compartment at the top, housed behind a top drawer frontage which acts as a façade, with a set of four full length drawers below. Set on ogee bracket feet and fitted with original hinges and later old gilt brass handles.

Possibly an apprentice piece or a workshop sample. The skill which a cabinet maker requires in order to produce miniature pieces of furniture is quite exceptional, and it can be argued that, in some cases, the skill required to produce a miniature is greater than that needed to make a full size example. Debate over why miniature furniture was made continues, with speculation including that miniature items were: used as samples by travelling salesmen; an apprentice piece; demonstrating the maker’s skill; a curio for adults; or for use in a doll’s house.
Dimensions
Height 33.00 cm (12.99 inches)
Width 25.50 cm (10.04 inches)
Depth 22.75 cm (8.96 inches)
Stock Code
6328
Medium
Burr Oak
Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
Vesey Manor
64 Birmingham Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B72 1QP
England

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