Miniature of the Month
Colonial Williamsburg Room Box by Mulvany & Rogers
A favorite room box in the KSB Miniatures Collection, whether it is decorated for the holidays or not, is Colonial Williamsburg by Kevin Mulvany and Susie Rogers. It was actually acquired before the gallery was even open (around 2006) after Kaye saw a photograph sent to her by the British artisans. Drawn by the blue-gray hues of the wall murals, Kaye immediately began decorating the space starting with the intricate petit-point carpet by Phyllis Sirota. The Lomonosov Cobalt net porcelain set by Christopher Whitford was her next purchase. “I just knew it belonged in the butler’s pantry of this room box, a space I’m particularly fond of peeking through the back door leading to it,” says Kaye. In decorating this piece for the holidays, Kaye says all the beautifully subdued room needed was minimal accessorizing with dark reds and greens to make the Christmas decorations stand out. To accomplish this, she added the Robert Daws rocking horse, Lois Bigley’s delightful Christmas tree, mantle stockings by Jo Bevilacqua and Linda Young’s red poinsettias. Full credits below.
Chairs & settee: Nancy Summers; wooden tea caddy: Geoffrey Wonnacott; tea set table: Betty Valentine; crystal: Gerd Felka on table by Mark Gooch; petit-point rug: Phyllis Sirota; petit-point sampler over the mantle: Annelle Ferguson in frame by Dick Hardy; Staffordshire dogs: Le Chateau Interiors; chandelier: Gerry Rynders; Cobalt net china & tea set: Christopher Whitford; chest of drawers in pantry: Dennis Jenvey with bowl by Ken Palmer; small console table on left: John Ottewill; highboy: Gilbert Mena with vase by Miyuki Nagashima; wine caddy: Jens Torp on lowboy by Gerald Crawford; porcelain compote set: Tricia Street on table by Mark Gooch.