Everything About Miniature Rooms - A Lecture by Robert Off, The Delaware Art Museum


This lecture will a glimpse into the world of high quality miniature rooms and miniature furniture. It begins with a brief history of a few of the most famous benefactors and their collaborating artisans. This is achieved by viewing detailed examples of their work which was primarily designed for museums.

This is followed by a discussion of various examples of historical and contemporary work designed for the miniaturist collector and hobbyist. The lecture concludes by viewing examples of miniature boxes designed and built by the lecturer, and a pictorial step-by-step demonstration of the actual creation of a miniature box from its inception to the final product.

The lecture is extremely rich in both content and stunning visuals.  It is designed for all audiences, male, female, old and young, the committed miniaturist or the merely curious.

Courtney Waring, Director of Education at the museum, and  Robert Off during the installation of the exhibit in November 2009.


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.