A Provincial Scottish mahogany miniature sideboard, early 19th Century. a small scale cabinet maker’s model with five working drawers and two working cabinet raised on ball feet. French polished.
height: 12 in. 30.5 cm., width: 17 in. 43 cm., depth: 6.5 in. 16.5cm.
“miniature furniture was used as advertisments in shop windows of furniture makers and retailers. A potential purchaser could examine the piece and discuss extra cost details, such as further inlays or choice of woods such as oak, walnut or mahogany. Equally important was the travelling retailer going to the small town or country house where the customer or patron could be shown a miniature example, the viewing of a three dimensional example being more effective than only sketches or drawings.” 1