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A17: Pennsylvania Kitchen, 1752

Scale miniature of a rustic but refined kitchen with a varnished wooden table at center and one chair. A dark wooden chest sits beneath the window at left, a spinning wheel in the left back corner. In the right corner is an ornately carved door adjacent to a staircase. Metal plates line a wide hearth.
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  • Scale miniature of a rustic but refined kitchen with a varnished wooden table at center and one chair. A dark wooden chest sits beneath the window at left, a spinning wheel in the left back corner. In the right corner is an ornately carved door adjacent to a staircase. Metal plates line a wide hearth.

Date:

c. 1940

Artist:

Designed by Narcissa Niblack Thorne
American, 1882-1966

About this artwork

Narcissa Thorne aimed to design convincingly lived-in miniature interiors; to contend with the absent fourth wall, she employed techniques of stage design. Here, for instance, the chairs around the kitchen table face outward, and the pieces of furniture are arranged so as not to obstruct one another. This careful placement allows viewers to see each element while also encouraging them to imagine scenes playing out within the space.

Status

On View, Gallery 11

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Narcissa Niblack Thorne (Designer)

Title

A17: Pennsylvania Kitchen, 1752

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1937–1940

Medium

Miniature room, mixed media

Dimensions

Interior: 9 1/2 × 24 1/8 × 191/4 in. Scale: 1 inch = 1 foot

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne

Reference Number

1942.497

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