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Miniature chairs

Miniature chairs

  • Place of origin:

    netherlands (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1750-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver and silver filigree

  • Credit Line:

    Bequest of Miss Phoebe Marks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This miniature chair is a toy. The term ‘toy’ included any knick-knack or fashionable trinket for adults, as well as a child’s plaything. Silver toys like this one copied the exact details and proportions of normal sized pieces and came in a variety of subjects and sizes, ranging from domestic utensils to elaborate furniture.

There are several explanations for why they were made. They may have been intended to furnish dolls’ houses, or simply as fashionable novelties for adults. These examples do not have silver marks. They may have been made in the Netherlands, which was an important centre for silver toys of all kinds in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Physical description

Pair of miniature chairs with seats of open filigree. There are three decorative bars forming the back, and two stretchers between each pair of legs.

Place of Origin

netherlands (possibly, made)


1750-1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver and silver filigree

Descriptive line

Pair of miniature silver ladder back chairs with silver filigree seats, possibly the Netherlands, 1750-1830.








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