Antique Art Objects

The exhibit building was built to house a vast collection spanning over a period of 42 years. The building and its contents are on a scale of 1” equals a foot. This exhibit depicts copies of some works of art the the 17th century through the Art Deco (modern period). Approximately 40% of the items are antique miniatures; several of which are centuries old. Items number in the thousands; both antique and contemporary. these items were acquired from antique shops from all parts of the world, The Great Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, bazaars in Paris, France and Madrid, Spain, shops of all sorts, private collections, special commissions, estate sales (includes famous people), miniature shows and gifts.

Countries represented by antique miniatures (artisans unknown) Austria, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Hungry, India, Ireland, Island of Malta, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, Tibet and Turkey.

Two hundred and sixteen, Twentieth Century Artisans (contmporary) are represented by: Australia, Island of Bali, Canada, Columbia, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland, and 26 states of the United States of America. Seven miniature autograph books housed in the museum contain the names of the Twentieth Century Artisans and list the countries represented.

This exhibit is eight-and-one-half feet long, 50 inches wide. It rests on a solid dark oak base, and was built entirely in one piece. The exterior has hand turned walnut wood columns; with ornate decoration in the Italian Baroque design. The windows are glass with hand leaded design. The roof is 1”x1” multi-colored slate. There is a delicate gallery around the top of the building, it took 3-1/2 years to complete the building. The upper and lower Grand Halls, along with the stairs are of Travertine marble in two shades; beige and light tan. There are various kinds of hardwoods used in the construction of the building. Each of the floors in the other eight rooms are of different wood design. There are round marble insets mounted in the sides of the builidng and above the front and back gables, housing statuary.

the pair of bronze Lions mounted on Tish Marble along the steps were cut-off of a pair of man’s Ink Blotters from the 18th century.

The Bronze statues near the front entrance are antique from the 19th century and were purchased from portobello Road in London.

The Bronze Urns near the entrance are from the famous Nelson Eddy’s estate and are antique.

The cove between the entrance doors contain a 19th Century Bronze of a man and his horse.

This exhibit was built to be viewed front and back. The various rooms (front side, left to right upper floor), Adam’s, Art Deco: bottom floor: Hepplewhite and 17th Century rooms. The back side (left to right - upper floor), Art Nouveau, Upper Grand Hall and Victorian. Bottom floor, Asian Ivory room (walls are padded blue linen and floor is one-by-one inch rosewood blocks: lower grand hall and Louis XV rooms.

Each room has its own lighting system. Chandeliers were especially designed and made to match each room’s decor and period.

The wall hangings are of verious media’s: oil, watercolor, enameling, antique Ivory, bronze, sterling silver, pencil sketching and petit point. The smallest painting of the Taji Mahal on Ivory are 3/8” in diameter, and are mounted on a hand-carved Morrish Screen in the Asian Ivory room.

The petit point rugs were designed by one California artisan and made over a period of 12 years.

All of the floral bouquets and plants were made of special colored paper and small thin wires which have been twisted into floral shapes and then dipped in colored enamels: a leaf and a petal at-a-time.

The exhibit consists of scores of pieces of various kinds and styles of furniture and antique Ivory; all made by the finest miniature makers known to our times. Many of these pieces are one-of-a-kind and were specially commissioned for the museum. There are 56 chair styles in the exhibit. One table has over 1000 pieces of inlaid wood.

Porcelains of all sorts; consisting of tea sets (several scales and media’s), cups and saucers, urns, vases, pitchers, bowls, plates, a collection of Wedgwood vases grace the Hepplewhite room. Also, the smallest set of china known in the world today is displayed on a table 1-1/4” long. There are dozens of vases and urns hand-turned on a potter’s wheel. Seventy-two pieces of hand blown colored glassware, copied after models in various museums aroung the country by one California artisan who learned his trade by making large glassware and studied in Murino, Italy. The items for the museum were made over a nine year period.

Hundreds of Ivory objects (all over 100-years-old); some of the Ivory furniture is 19th century. The exhibit includes an ivory cabinet, which has Mother of Pearl Inlay in all sides, top and bottom and on the doors with Butterfly handles birds and flower designs.

Many examples of sterling silver objects consisting of statuary, tea sets; one gold plated, urns, trays, bowls, serving pieces, boxes, flatware, candlesticks, flatware including serving pieces; made by father and son who were responsible for restoring many historical buildings in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Verious animals hand-carved out of semi-precious stones and wood; some are bronze.

Musical instruments totaling 18 in number of all kinds including an upright Harpsichord which is a copy of one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and a Sitar (Indian instrument) inlayed with Ivory, and a Virginal (17th century Instrument): to name a few unusual ones.

There are collections of guns, swards, knives and medieval weaponry; made by several jewelers who are also miniaturists. An Italian 16th Century set of Armor made by a blacksmith in Wisconsin.

Handmade Afghans made of the finest No. 70 threads in cotton and silk. Examples of handmade lace and petit point pillows.

Other miscellaneous items are books (some over 100 years old), religious items including Rosary Beads, Icons, chalices; one chalice made by a jeweler has 11 separate parts andis made of white gold, yellow gold and has enameling and precious stones. A collection of 18k gold crosses contained in a glass top table. Four Tibetan prayer objects 18th century.

Tiny, tiny dolls (perfection personified) by a California artisan whose work is sought after by many dedicated miniaturists. Also some Teddy bears and Victorian toys that have moveable parts; one inch size.

A complete set of manicure tools in a box with parts that move; made by a man from Ohio who was 75 at the time.

Enameled pieces including panel screens, fire screen, pens, bowls, plates, clocks and music box 1-1/4” long which you can wind and play with enameled French scene on top.

Petit point tapestries; three are antique and contemporary one made out of 40 mesh silk gauze, which is 1600 stiches to an inch.

Many types of two, three and four-panel screens which are of various media’s; petit point, enameling, painted, Ivory and hand-carved.

A Jade/sterling silver table, which is a copy of one made by the famous Carl Faberge, made by an Arizona jeweler.

A leather bound book of Church Hymns, printed by hand in gold and copied exactly as the big one was made.

Scores more items; both antique and contemporary, too numerous to mention made by the finest miniature artisans in the world.

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