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E-14: English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period, 1840-70

A work made of miniature room, mixed media.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of miniature room, mixed media.

Date:

c. 1937

Artist:

Designed by Narcissa Niblack Thorne
American, 1882-1966

About this artwork

Narcissa Thorne must have imagined the occupants of this miniature drawing room to be loyal subjects of the English Crown, as it abounds with images of Queen Victoria and her husband, Albert. Thorne was amused by the lavish decoration and heavy ornament of Victorian furniture, which by her time had become unfashionable. The many ornate objects in this room were cleverly constructed using a mix of faux and genuine luxury materials: the candelabras, for example, are painted to look like gold, whereas the bases of the lamps flanking the doorway are made from real ivory.

Status

On View, Gallery 11

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Narcissa Niblack Thorne (Designer)

Title

E-14: English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period, 1840-70

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1932–1937

Medium

Miniature room, mixed media

Dimensions

Interior: 17 1/2 × 28 1/4 × 213/4 in. Scale: 1 inch = 1 foot

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne

Reference Number

1941.1199

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