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Models or Mock-ups

When a new piece of furniture was designed, a three-dimensional mock-up made it easier to appreciate the "balance and soul of the piece". For obvious reasons of cost and ease of transport, these models were made to a reduced scale.


Royal orders had an influence on general taste, and models were offered to sovereigns.  




Merchants displayed scale models in their shops : "it was more practical, and saved space." French cabinet-makers sent models (or samples) of their furniture abroad "in order better to judge the effect".