Creating a Vision: Narcissa Niblack Thorne constructed the meticulously-crafted and thoughtfully furnished period rooms, known as the Thorne Rooms, housed at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her scale of one inch to the foot became the norm for miniature work.
Narcissa Thorne was passionate about collecting miniatures and oversaw skilled artisans that helped produce historically correct objects for her period rooms and dioramas. Thorne rooms gained attention at the 1933-34 Chicago Century of Progress and at the 1939 and 1940 World’s Fairs in San Francisco and New York. The rooms traveled the country.
Narcissa Thorne resided in Lake Forest on Ridge Road with her husband James Ward Thorne, an heir to the Montgomery Ward department store family, and two sons Ward and Niblack.
Image source: The Art Institute of Chicago
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