This object is eligible for a Certificate of BADA Provenance
A very attractive mid 19th century mahogany miniature Bowfronted Chest with well figured top and crossbanded decoration over two short and three long drawers, having replaced brass knobs over elegant original splay feet.
There is often a debate over whether miniature furniture was made as an apprentice piece, which is where somebody who is looking for a job in a workshop would create something to showcase their talents.
Or whether it was made as a travelling salesman sample piece, 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.
Height - 14.5in
Width - 12in
Depth - 7in