Mercantile Library Unveils Robert Off's Latest Room Box.


Mercantile Library one of America’s oldest private libraries unveiled Robert Off’s latest work during an evening of miniatures, art, history and books. The event featured a lecture on Sir Francis Beaufort by Scott Huler, the author of the acclaimed book “Defining the Wind”, and remarks by Robert Off about the history of miniatures as an art form. The inspiration for roombox, was Sir Francis Beaufort (1774 - 1857) an English naval hero, the hydrographer who charted the world for the British Empire and developed the “Beaufort Scale”, a written description of the various wind and sea conditions which is still in use by mariners today. The evening event was held on March 23, 2016 in the reading room of the historic library and the lecture was attended by over one hundred people, a record attendance.
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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.

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