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Miniature Furniture

1975-1978 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 23 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Miniature Furniture
  • Bookcase
  • Miniature Furniture Shelf
  • Miniature Furniture Shelf
  • Miniature Furniture Shelf
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
  • Miniature Book
Materials and Techniques
Carved wood, polished and nailed; glued perspex
Brief Description
Model or doll sized wood and perspex bookcase, English, made in 1975-1978 in the style of a 1666 Pepysian bookcase
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.
Dimensions
  • Wardrobe carcass height: 315mm
  • Wardrobe carcass width: 190mm
  • Depth: 80mm
  • Shelves length: 12.3cm
  • Shelves width: 3.6cm
  • Shelves height: 0.4cm
  • All pink books; four black and gold books height: 3.9cm
  • All pink books; four black and gold books width: 3.3cm
  • All pink books; four black and gold books; six brown books depth: 0.9cm (Note: front to back cover)
  • Three black and gold books; three brown books height: 3.4cm
  • Three black and gold books; three brown books width: 2.7cm
  • Three black and gold books; three brown books depth: 1.2cm (Note: front to back cover)
  • Six brown books height: 3.5cm
  • Six brown books width: 1.7cm
  • Brown book with paper insert height: 4cm
  • Brown book with paper insert width: 3cm
  • Brown book with paper insert depth: 1.3cm (Note: front to back cover)
Styles
Production typeUnique
Credit line
Given by Bernard John Mills
Object history
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.



Association
Summary
This model of a mid 17th century Pepysian bookcase was hand made in the 1970s and took approximately 110 hours to construct.
Collection
Accession Number
MISC.254:1 to 23-1978

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record createdJuly 1, 2009
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