Miniature of Shaker Living Room Circa 1800

My love of exquisite craftsmanship and all things small came together about 50 years ago when I first saw the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. Thought you might enjoy this.
Mike Moore

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(Shaker living room, circa 1800. 9″ x 21 3/4″ x 24 5/8.” Scale: 1 inch = 1 foot)

3 Responses to Miniature of Shaker Living Room Circa 1800

  1. Bob Patterson says:

    Shaker design is very simple and elegant. Few people realize the Shakers were agressive about adoption, education and doing good works. This included huge sleeping and eating faccilities that were open to the public in the early and late 1800's during the huge migration from the East coast to the Midwest. Sort of the original Howard Johnson's. You could eat as much as you wanted as long as you cleaned your plate. It was called "Shaker your plate". In the late 1800's, orphan's were less numerous and desperate, so Shakers turned to things like inventing the circular saw, package garden seeds, etc. to save their limited manpower, as they were celibate.

  2. Carol says:

    I like it but it could use more thermal mass in the winter to absorb some heat.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Talk about Tiny Homes.

    I made a pilgrimage to Hancock Shaker Village last fall and I'm amazed at the level of accurate detailing in that miniature.

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