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Ella Gordon Valentine Miniature Collection Full Cabinet

Cabinet: David M. Tyler1985

The Valentine

The Valentine
Richmond, United States

Ella Gordon Valentine (1933-1988) was a devoted collector of miniatures – a hobby which grew in popularity in the 1970’s as part of the larger trend of everyday Richmonders collecting. Today, Mrs. Valentine’s 9-room cabinet and contents of scale miniatures, a number of them very likely purchased from Richmond area stores, serves as both a masterfully crafted achievement of the enthusiast’s passion and a peek into late 20th-century collecting trends in our region.

Created on a scale of one inch to one foot, Valentine’s cabinet was inspired by those created in the Georgian period for adults. Containing several hundred small-scale components, this miniature masterpiece is comprised of furnishings that she purchased, engineered, or received as gifts. The home depicts a distinctly traditional and upper class life through a playful and detail-oriented eye of a late 20th century collector.

Ella Gordon Valentine (1933-1988) was a devoted collector of miniatures – a hobby which grew in popularity in the 1970’s as part of the larger trend of everyday Richmonders collecting. Today, Mrs. Valentine’s 9-room cabinet and contents of scale miniatures, a number of them very likely purchased from Richmond area stores, serves as both a masterfully crafted achievement of the enthusiast’s passion and a peek into late 20th-century collecting trends in our region.

Created on a scale of one inch to one foot, Valentine’s cabinet was inspired by those created in the Georgian period for adults. Containing several hundred small-scale components, this miniature masterpiece is comprised of furnishings that she purchased, engineered, or received as gifts. The home depicts a distinctly traditional and upper class life through a playful and detail-oriented eye of a late 20th century collector.

Details

  • Title: Ella Gordon Valentine Miniature Collection Full Cabinet
  • Creator: Cabinet: David M. Tyler, Cabinet: David M. Tyler
  • Date: 1985, 1985
  • Location: Richmond, Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
  • Provenance: Gift of Mr. Eugene Massie Valentine in memory of Ella Gordon Valentine, 1993, Gift of Mr. Eugene Massie Valentine in memory of Ella Gordon Valentine, 1993
  • Type: Mahogany, Mahogany

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