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Combining refinement of decoration with practical usefulness, these objects represent a clearly identifiable category within the world of miniature furniture.

Thus particularly sophisticated boxes and containers such as boxes for phials of salts or flasks of liqueurs, jewel cases, sweet boxes, sewing boxes, make-up cases, clocks, or candleholders, took the form of miniature pieces of furniture. Among these "containers" we find tables, chests of drawers, pianos, billiard tables, beds, etc.

They became so fashionable in the 18th century that 6,000 people were employed in Paris to manufacture such trinkets, knick-knacks, ivory objects, combs and toilet items.