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A36: California Living Room, 1850-1875

Bright miniature living room with white walls and ceiling, wooden floors, large windows, double doors, and minimal furniture.
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  • Bright miniature living room with white walls and ceiling, wooden floors, large windows, double doors, and minimal furniture.

Date:

c. 1940

Artist:

Designed by Narcissa Niblack Thorne
American, 1882-1966

About this artwork

This miniature living room is based on the Casa Soberanes, an adobe house built in 1842. Part of the Monterey Historic State Park in California, it was opened to the public as a historic home in the early twentieth century. Narcissa Thorne was an avid visitor to such historic houses, and she sought to evoke the same history and nostalgia in her designs. The furniture here recalls the weighty mahogany items families transported across the country as they moved out West in the mid-19th century.

Status

On View, Gallery 11

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Narcissa Niblack Thorne (Designer)

Title

A36: California Living Room, 1850-1875

Place

United States (Object made in)

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Made 1937–1940

Medium

Miniature room, mixed media

Dimensions

Interior, Scale 1 inch = 1 foot: 25.4 × 55.9 × 41.3 cm (10 × 22 × 16 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne

Reference Number

1942.516

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