Miniature New Orleans 1850's Creole bedroom
In my younger days I played with clay and became good at creating antiques out of clay in miniature, and painting the clay to look like the various materials I was coping . As I child I could make a Ancient Roman Village or a Southern Antebellum town out of clay on the top of a table. In the late 1990's I was making period rooms in miniature.
Prudent Mallard , 1853
This room Creole New Orleans bedroom from the 1850's was completed in 1999. It show a Louisiana Creole bed chamber dating from the 1850's. The architecture of the room is of the Classical Greek Revival period and dates to the 1830's. The Greek Key doorways in the room have ornate entablatures toped with classical anthemion's. The paneled doors are wood grained to look like rich flamed mahogany and birds eye maple. The baseboard and the Creole mantel are marbleized. At the top of the walls is a classical cornice molding. The transoms are made up of Neoclassical Bow and arrow design
The furniture in the room is copied from Mid 19th century pieces by Creole New Orleans most renown cabinetmaker Prudent Mallard. Prudent Mallard was born in Sevres, France, in 1809, the son of Parisian mother whose husband was a Scotsman. He emigrated to America in the 1830's first living in New York city and then moving to New Orleans. Mallard became the most popular cabinetmaker in New Orleans during the antebellum period and shipped his furniture all over the South. He died 6 AUG 1879 in New Orleans, having married Augustine Andrea Beltram with whom he had seven children. The rosewood Rococo Revival bedroom suit of furniture consists of a half tester bed, dressing table, armoire, shaving stand & pray due ( a chair to pray on at night).