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A34: New Mexico Dining Room, c. 1940

Miniature dining room, with white walls, wood-beamed ceilings, fireplace in the right corner, and a central table set with food.

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  • Miniature dining room, with white walls, wood-beamed ceilings, fireplace in the right corner, and a central table set with food.

Date:

c. 1940

Artist:

Designed by Narcissa Niblack Thorne
American, 1882-1966

About this artwork

In this miniature dining room, Narcissa Thorne simulates the white-washed and mud-plastered adobe brick often used for homes in New Mexico. Lighting from the back of the room suggests the afternoon sun illuminating the stark white walls and casting moody shadows where it meets the darker wood accents. The open windows imply that Thorne imagined a rare desert breeze wafting through the kitchen; the darkened stairwell through the doorway provides another potential respite from the heat.

Status

On View, Gallery 11

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Narcissa Niblack Thorne (Designer)

Title

A34: New Mexico Dining Room, c. 1940

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1937–1940

Medium

Miniature room, mixed media

Dimensions

Interior: 12 × 17 × 16 3/4 in. Scale: 1 inch = 1 foot

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne

Reference Number

1942.514

Extended information about this artwork

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