Kupjack Georgian Dining Room, Eugene Kupjack, Acquired 1986

This is a Georgian style dining room designed and built by Eugene Kupjack. The furniture was also built and signed by Kupjack. Furniture includes a three pedestal dining table, two sideboards, a Chippendale mirror, eight Chippendale dining chairs, a Chiniosiere cabinet and accessories. Kupjack knew that accuracy and authenticity were critical, but also recognized the important role the viewer plays in bringing a miniature setting to life. He designed his rooms like miniature sets on which a tiny cast of players might perform for an audience.
Eugene Kupjack, a master craftsman whose work became a standard of quality recognized around the world, was born in 1912, the son of a jeweler who would begin his career in his father’s shop setting diamonds into rings and brooches. The delicate tools and techniques learned in the jewelry trade served him well as he began to produce fine miniatures in the 1930s. One of the principal artists hired by Narcissa Ward Thorne to create her famous room boxes, Kupjack quickly became known for his attention to historically accurate detail and his theatrical flair for staging. Throughout his life, Kupjack produced over 700 miniatures. His work is displayed in museums and private collections around the world.