Portfolio Category: Exploring the World

Boat Builder’s Study at Lake Tahoe, Madelyn Cook, ca. 1993

The Boat Builder’s Study began in a class on inlaid floors taught by Bruce Plumb and Ankar Rasmussen. Madelyn Cook designed the pattern for the floor and learned to create split columns, a domed ceiling, and a curved wall. Cook explains: “Truly with this much work you need a reason for this to exist, a…
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Colonial Mexican Dining Room, Peter Westcott, 1991

Pat Arnell collected a group of Spanish-flavored Southwestern furniture from Tucson-based miniature artisan Joe Franek. With these pieces in mind she began looking for the perfect setting which she found in the Colonial Mexican Dining Room created by Phoenix-based miniaturist Peter Westcott. Read more about the Colonial Mexican Dining Room in Minis Magnified Issue no.…
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Lagniappe, Madelyn Cook, 1977-1978

This 18th century Virginia Tidelands mansion was conceived as the home of a mythical sea captain. Notice the weathervane of a schooner ship which was the type used for trans-Atlantic trade as early as the 1700s. Cook modeled the mansion after George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Lagniappe a French Creole word meaning “a trifle extra” is…
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The Yellow Rose of Texas, Brooke Tucker, 1985

The Yellow Rose of Texas is Tucker’s only complete miniature dollhouse. This elaborate miniature shows off the master miniaturist’s ability to create a complete, self-contained little world. This work was commissioned by a woman in Texas who cancelled after the bedrooms had been completed. Pat Arnell picked up the commission. Family photos of the Arnell’s…
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Yu Yuan, Madelyn Cook, ca. early 1980s

This pavilion and garden are prototypical of Yu Yuan (Garden of Ease) in Old Shanghai. Among the 1559 labyrinth of buildings, gardens and undulating dragon walls sits one small pavilion nestled in rocks and water. It exemplifies the Chinese saying “the simple presence of a pavilion free and open makes a place a garden.” The…
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Japanese Family Farmhouse, Shoichi Uchiyama, 1992

This miniature is based on a traditional family farmhouse from the countryside of Chiba, north of Tokyo. As of 1994, only three full-scale houses of this type were still in existence. In Noto, An Unexplored Corner of Japan, published in 1891, the American astronomer and scholar, Percival Lowell, romantically described the traditional farmhouses he encountered…
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Airplane Café, Pat and Noel Thomas, 1992

The Airplane Café is based on a themed café built in 1927 located on US 101 in Los Angeles, California. Many such unusual theme cafes existed along the highways before the advent of the interstate system. This particular miniature was the prototype for a class taught by Pat and Noel Thomas. The types of food…
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Greene and Greene, Pat and Noel Thomas, 1989

The Gamble House, in Pasadena, California, is one of the most famous examples of Craftsman style architecture in the world. This distinctive home, designed, built and furnished by Charles and Henry Greene from 1907 to 1910, is a masterpiece of refined taste and simple, yet elegant style – and a true test of the miniaturist’s…
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Load of Mischief Pub, Pam Throop, 1987-1988

The Load of Mischief Pub is a Tudor building based upon an inn within the village of Lacock in England’s picturesque Cotswolds region. This miniature inn is depicted as it might have appeared in Edwardian times, in the early years of the 20th century. Pubs and inns were always an important part of English village…
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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…
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