Spencer House

spencer house drawing room

spencer house drawing room

This model of an 18th Century town house is based on Spencer House in London, created in miniature here by Susie Rogers and Kevin Mulvany. It is exhibited at the Kathleen Savage Browning Miniature Collection and The Kentucky Gateway Museum Centre, Maysville, Kentucky, USA.

 

The picture on the left shows the Red Drawing room from the model house. The Drawing room would have been used for balls and grand entertaining. The walls have been extravagantly decorated with silk coverings and a highly elaborate ceiling. The Louis XV chairs you can see, have been made by John and upholstered in hand-dyed red silk.

 

John was commissioned to paint the miniature portraits of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, together with her brother, Charles Spencer. They have been painted in water-colour on vellum and are situated on the wall near the doorway.

 

spencer house palm room

spencer house palm room

This picture shows the actual Palm Room at Spencer House in London. The window-seat and Palm chair on display, have been reproduced by John in miniature. This also provides another example of his hand-painted upholstery. 

 

Many pieces of John’s furniture are housed in Palaces and amazing model homes in private collections.

 

From Susie Rogers and Kevin Mulvany, the makers of Spencer House

We’ve had the great privilege of working with John throughout our careers. It’s always a pleasure at the beginning of a project to know that once again we’ll be teaming up. We’re not so sure that John has always felt the same as some of our requests have been obscure and very involved! However, John, the consummate master and charming, kind man, is always ready to give our ideas a go! We love working with him because although he is one of the great contemporary miniaturists and his skill is world renowned, he is modest, funny and very down-to-earth.
John’s pieces have made our own work look a hundred times better and, reversing the usual arrangement, we’ve been asked by clients on several occasions, to create a house around their own cherished John Hodgson collection.
We’ve always been inspired by the crispness and refinement of John’s carving and his unerring eye for proportion.