Friday, September 5, 2014
There is a room at the Phoenix Art Museum that houses twenty miniature rooms that are viewed through windows. They are part of what is known as The Thorne Rooms. After the turn of the 20th Century, Narcissa Niblack Thorne started collecting miniature furniture and accessories during her travels to England and the Far East. She had the idea to put the collection into beautifully crafted room settings and beginning in 1930 she and the craftsmen she worked with created a total of 98 rooms. Phoenix is lucky to have 20 of these rooms. The one above is one of my all time favorites. I do love art deco.
The majority of the rooms are located at the Art Institute of Chicago where I was lucky to see them back when I was working in Chicago. They have 68 of the rooms. The Knoxville Museum of Art has 9 and the two remaining are located in the Indianapolis Children's Museum and the Kaye Miniature Museum in Los Angeles.