This is the three room version. It's an order that is being delivered at Chicago International.
Gilbert really outdid himself on this cabinet. Isn't the trompe l'oiel design on the door amazing? He does marquetry floors, as well, though they don't show in the picture.
There's a porcelain dog on a cushion by Sylvia Mobely in front of the fireplace on the middle floor.
No, I didn't do this in one day! It was already finished, but I hadn't photographed it yet.
Size: 7 7/8"h x 3"w (closed) x 2" deep
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This single room cabinet house was inspired by the Dutch and English "baby" houses of the 1700's ("baby" was the word for "doll" at the time.) The furnishings are in the style of the 1740's. This piece gives me a chance to do lots of faux marble, something I really enjoy.
The beautiful walnut and exotic wood cabinet is by my friend Gilbert Mena; a very talented artist, as you can see. There is a frosted glass skylight in the top. which creates a nice, dramatic lighting effect. I wanted to take the picture before installing the glass front, so there is a slight gap between the column tops and the "roof" which won't be there when everything is glued into place.
I also make three room and ten room baby houses, for which Gilbert makes even more elaborate cabinets. One of the ten room versions, now part of a museum collection, is shown in the small picture at the right.
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This is a much smaller piece than the last one - a two room cottage of half timber with stone infill.
The stone technique is the same I used for the castle. The plaster walls are achieved with acrylic gesso, stippled on to add texture. The timbers are milled wood, stained with Minwax pens because it's less messy.
I usually finish the interiors as I go up, as I am doing here.
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