Small Talk Tag: Nell Corkin

Miniature Masterworks: Nell Corkin

Nell Corkin creates original, landscaped buildings in 1:144 scale. Her first miniature was a shoebox house made at the age of five. In the 1980s, she made her first 1:144 scale building during her lunch breaks as a professional model maker for a motion picture studio. She has worked exclusively in the scale ever since.

Corkin is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017. She will be giving a gallery talk about her work in the T/m collection and the inspiration behind it on September 17 at 10:30am.

A Bitty Baby House

miniature baby house

Contrary to what the name might lead you to believe, this 1:12 scale miniature isn’t actually meant to represent a “house for babies.” The term baby house refers to 17th and 18th-century dollhouses, typically in the Netherlands and England. This early type of dollhouse was usually a wooden cabinet on legs, with compartments decorated and furnished like a miniature estate.

This Baby House was constructed by artist Gilbert Mena. It features turned legs and finials and two functional doors decorated with one-point perspective marquetry scenes. The rooms within the baby house were made by artist Nell Corkin, who had the task of miniaturizing furnishings that would have been already tiny in full-scale! If you look closely, you’ll find diminutive delftware, two neatly made beds, and even a dollhouse pet resting on a pillow.