An avid collector of miniatures, Mrs. Thorne traveled extensively in Europe and collected many antique miniatures and accessories. Eventually she worked with artists and craftsmen to bring her concepts to life.
The rooms are to scale, one inch to one foot. Mrs. Thorne stained the woods used, papered the walls and made textiles for the rooms. Many of the miniature rooms include items collected by Mrs. Thorne.
Acquired by IBM, these miniature rooms were given to Knoxville's Dulin Gallery of Art, the predecessor of the Knoxville Museum of Art in 1962.
English Dining Room
Late 18th Century
These two photos
American Summer Kitchen
Federal Dining Room
New England Bedroom
Mrs. Thorne's miniature rooms were displayed at Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. In 1939, they were displayed at San Francisco's Golden Gate Exposition and at the New York World's Fair in 1940.