The Thorne Miniature Rooms
Here’s how things work at Casa Fauxology. I’ll go on an outing, take a few hundred pics, get giddy with excitement for the blog post (“The Readers will loooove this!”), upload the images onto a folder and then…I forget all about them. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve come across images that I’ve totally forgotten about that would make a fantastic post. You’d think I’d run out of things to chat about but no, I could write 2 – 3 posts a day if I had the time. That’s how much good stuff there is out there. Going through the folders is how I came upon today’s post.
The Thorne Miniature Rooms are of an exhibit in the Art Institute of Chicago. They have miniature room settings built into the walls and encased in glass — 68 in total — and each has something unique. From ornate plaster to murals to handpainted wallcoverings to extraordinary ceilings. They are incredible. You can stroll through the exhibit and view each of them at eye-level. It’s an ode to the Decorative Arts.
Here are some of the room pics I took…
They were artfully constructed at the behest of Mrs. James Ward Thorne of Chicago. Some feature historically correct copies of the interiors of castles, historic homes and museums, from the 13th century all the way until the 1930′s. Here are a few images from the museum itself.
If you cannot stop by the Institute itself and you’d like to see all of the museum’s rooms in detail and with related information, click here for a stroll. I hope you do – some incredible rooms are not even pictured here on the post. Have a great day!