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Miniature furniture

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1975-1978 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mills, Bernard John, born 1912 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood, polished and nailed; glued perspex

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Bernard John Mills

  • Museum number:

    MISC.254:1 to 23-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This model of a mid 17th century Pepysian bookcase was hand made in the 1970s and took approximately 110 hours to construct.

Physical description

Carved and polished wooden bookcase with perspex for the glass doors. The upper part has four shelves, of which three are removable, and nineteen books. The books are made of carved wood: seven are covered with black leather with gold floral designs; two are covered with dark pink brushed nylon and ten are covered with brown paper with brass studs in the spines. One of the brown books has paper pages stuck inside the wood. All of the book edges are painted gold.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1975-1978 (made)

Artist/maker

Mills, Bernard John, born 1912 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved wood, polished and nailed; glued perspex

Dimensions

Height: 315 mm wardrobe carcass, Width: 190 mm wardrobe carcass, Depth: 80 mm, Length: 12.3 cm shelves, Width: 3.6 cm shelves, Height: 0.4 cm shelves, Height: 3.9 cm all pink books; four black and gold books, Width: 3.3 cm all pink books; four black and gold books, Depth: 0.9 cm all pink books; four black and gold books; six brown books, Height: 3.4 cm three black and gold books; three brown books, Width: 2.7 cm three black and gold books; three brown books, Depth: 1.2 cm three black and gold books; three brown books, Height: 3.5 cm six brown books, Width: 1.7 cm six brown books, Height: 4 cm brown book with paper insert, Width: 3 cm brown book with paper insert, Depth: 1.3 cm brown book with paper insert

Object history note

This is a model of a Pepysian bookcase.

The following text about the 'Pepysian Bookcase 1666' is taken from The Observers Book of Furniture by John Woodforde:

The free-standing bookcase, or press, as an alternative to fixed open shelves, was a mid-17th century development. In 1666 the diarist Samuel Pepys wrote of engaging 'Sympson, the Joyner' to make 'presses in which to set books now growing numerous'..... twelve [are] now housed at Magdalene College, Cambridge. It is finely made of solid oak. The glass doors of upper and lower stages are subdivided by heavy glazing bars. There is a carved frieze under the boldly jutting-out cornice.

Descriptive line

Model or doll sized wood and perspex bookcase, English, made in 1975-1978 in the style of a 1666 Pepysian bookcase

Materials

Wood; Perspex; Brass; Nylon; Paper; Leather; Paint

Techniques

Sawing; Carving; Glueing; Nailing; Painting; Polishing; Cutting (perspex)

Categories

Miniatures; Dolls' houses; Furniture; Books

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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