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E-27: French Library of the Modern Period, 1930s

A work made of miniature room, mixed media.

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  • A work made of miniature room, mixed media.


c. 1937


Designed by Narcissa Niblack Thorne
American, 1882-1966

About this artwork

In contrast to the nostalgic period designs of most of Narcissa Thorne’s miniature rooms, this Jazz-Age Parisian library is decorated in a contemporary Art-Deco style. As a woman of financial means, Thorne likely spent time in glamorous, modern interiors like this one on her numerous trips to France’s fashionable capital throughout the 1920s and 1930s.


On View, Gallery 11


Applied Arts of Europe


Narcissa Niblack Thorne (Designer)


E-27: French Library of the Modern Period, 1930s


United States (Object made in)

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Made 1932–1937


Miniature room, mixed media


Scale 1 inch = 1 foot: 40.4 × 61 × 48.8 cm (15 7/8 × 24 × 19 1/4 in.); Interior, Scale 1 inch = 1 foot: 41 × 62 × 49.6 cm (16 1/8 × 24 3/8 × 19 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne

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