This object is eligible for a Certificate of BADA Provenance

A charming mid 18th century mahogany Miniature Chest, retaining exceptional untouched colour and patina.

With two short and three long drawers and original brass handles raised on original shaped bracket feet.

Much discussion is had over the original purpose of almost all miniature furniture and the simple answer is that we will probably never know what the majority of pieces original intended function was.

The two main uses were of course pieces which were made as travelling salesman's sample pieces, which is where a few articles were made as scale models in advance of a road trip on which the salesman would travel the country showing prospective clients the kind of items they could produce back at the workshop and take orders from, or alternatively pieces which were produced by apprentices attempting to showcase their skills and gain employment at the cabinet making workshop of their choosing.

This particular chest is almost certainly a sample piece due to the undoubted charm and quality. It has certainly aged gracefully and retains such a wonderfully war, untouched colour and patina that
it is very much a collectors piece as well as functional little item that is hundreds of years old. 

Circa 1760

Height - 9in
Width - 7in
Depth - 4in

Stock number

Open by appointment and at fairs (see also under The Edenbridge Galleries, Edenbridge, Kent)