The Harville Library...
was to premiere at the April 2020 Tom Bishop Chicago International Show. Unfortunately...
In any event, we are thrilled to be offering "The Harville Library" through Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures! This wonderful one-inch (1:12) scale miniature, 2-story library is the latest in a long line of unique miniature structures created by Jimmy Landers. Many of you might remember a few of his other projects such as the Brandywine, the Helmerich House, 1900 series of storefronts, the 1909 River Valley Hardware store, half-inch scale Victorian townhouses, the Sabia, and the Sahlberg, which were all displayed at Chicago International.
If you haven't heard of Jimmy Landers, you might be interested to know that he does not work from kits, plans, or drawings! Every property is completely designed and constructed with very few commercially manufactured items. Chances of seeing one replicated or duplicated is pretty much out of the question. Each piece is purely one-of-a-kind! While Jimmy does the designing and construction himself, he also works with or commissions various well-known artisan miniaturists to provide additional details and complimentary pieces to each build. The Harville Library is no exception.
Let's talk about the library!
The two-story library is set in an oak cabinet that measures 24" by 24" x 36" high. Featuring cherry walls and random plank oak floors, the library is filled with 4,000 miniature books (permanently affixed) within the bookcases that line three walls of both levels. Wheeled library ladders can be rolled along brass ladder rails providing access to every bookshelf. The ladder rails are the work of Ron Stetkewicz who custom created them based on Jimmy's designs. Tucked between the bookcases on the second level are reading nooks offering a wonderful spot for reading lamp tables and comfy chairs. Off to the right of the first floor is a Sue Cooke fireplace with flickering log 'n flame unit by Carl Sahlberg (Creative Reproductions to Scale) and plenty of space for a sitting area with chairs or sofas and tables. Ten-inch high doors are located on two walls providing the illusion of more rooms. Indirect LED lighting floods the rooms with plenty of light for reading or reflecting. Lighting is easily turned on or off by the push a button (remote). All lighting was installed by Carl Sahlberg. Suspended in the center of is a stunning triple chandelier by Linda Orleff (Lightning Bug), which can easily be removed for transportation or bulb replacement. The second floor is accessed by a wonderful spiral staircase by Alessio Miniatures. A lovely railing encircles the opening between levels. The upper level ceiling is stunningly highlighted by two stained glass, arched skylights created by Barbara Sabia.
Be sure to check out the video (link below)!