What is the meaning of the furniture term Dummy Board Figures?

Dummy board figures refer to the decorative flat wooden boards that are often painted and shaped like people or animals. These figures were popular in the 17th and 18th centuries and were used as decorative accents in homes. They were typically placed against a wall or fireplace as a way to add visual interest and make a room feel more lively. Dummy board figures were often inspired by historical or mythological characters and were a way to showcase the owners taste and wealth. Boards cut out with the silhouette and painted figure of animals, humans, other objects. Used as decoration.
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