Delaware Art Museum's Holiday Exihibit

Masterpieces in Miniature - Reverend Jones’s parlor - 1815

The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to announce the return of its family-friendly attraction for the holidays. The Museum has again invited premier miniature artists to produce miniatures based on an existing masterpiece. Each of the imaginative installations will be inspired by a masterpiece of art, many from the Museum’s own collections. Rather than exact three-dimensional reproductions, the miniatures may be creative interpretations of the original work of art.

These meticulous creations, made on a one inch to one foot scale, will give viewers an insight not just into artists’ masterworks, but into the art of the miniature itself.

Robert Off’s Miniature Room box is his vision  of what Reverend Jones’s Parlor may have looked like in 1815. You will note that the image above the fireplace in the model room is Raphaelle Peale’s portrait of Reverend Jones which is currently part of the Delaware Art Museum’s permanent  collection.

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The Parlor of Reverend Absalon Jones's Philadelphia Home- circa 1815, built by Robert Off.

Jones was America’s first black priest. Born into slavery in Delaware. He taught himself to read using the bible.  At the age of 16, Jones was sold to a shopkeeper in Philadelphia where he attended a night school operated by Quakers for blacks. After the purchase of his freedom in 1784, he served as lay minister for the black membership at St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1794 Jones, with the assistance of local Quakers and Episcopalians, established the “First African Church” in Philadelphia.

All Stars

  • Ruth McChesney

    Ruth created and oversaw the creation of numerous museum quality miniature rooms and was a very talented artisan herself,  specializing in needlework. She lived in Pittsburgh and worked closely with Dick Smith an interior designer and miniature painter. Her rooms are in the permanent collections several museums including the Carnegie Museum of Art , Winterthur, the Westmorland Art Museum, The American Museum in Britain and many others.

    • Kaye Browning

      Kaye is an avid collector of miniatures, and currently serves as the Miniature Curator at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center located in Maysville,  Kentucky, which is  just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. The museum collection contains evidence of her many years of astute collecting and collaboration with many of the best artisans in the world. The museum collection includes miniature e rooms and furniture from the finest artisans in the  world including Kevin Mulvany, Susie Rogers, the Kupjack Studios and William Robertson, who also designed the installation.