Superb large miniature Dutch silver bureau bookcase dating from c.1880. It has a rococo pelmet, window doors to the front and windows to each side and sits on a 'bombe' style base with ball and claw feet to the front. The doors have a working twist latch and are decorated with small portrait cameos to represent Sevres style plaques. A similar plaque is held in a decorative carved feature to the top of the piece. The bureau front drops down to reveal 6 hidey holes with 4 small silver drawers and the base has 3 highly elaborate full size drawers with applied cast escutcheon plates and hinged handles.
The drawers are all marked with the Dutch standard to the back and various assayer and other marks to the base. Similar marks are on the back panel of the case and the side panel and bureau front also have the standard mark.
It measures 6 1/2" high, 4 1/4" wide and 2 1/2" deep and weighs a very impressive 18.1ozt/562g.
Condition is very good but with a small area of damage to the fine 'carved' detail at the top of the piece and some light surface wear appropriate for age and use. One of the front feet is slightly out of line with the other but I don't think it has taken a knock; these pieces were hand made and often not quite perfect as a result. There is a marked panel inside the cupboard which was likely a shelf but is wedged in currently so an option if you wish to get it freed and reinstated.
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