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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 12 March, 2016


Charles Matton furnishing his Grand Atelier

Charles Matton Boxes

Charles Matton considered his Boxes to be enclosures for the recreation of life. He described his concept this way: “I create two kinds of boxes: those whose purpose is to recreate an atmosphere that has delighted me, a memory whose existence I wish to perpetuate; and the more objective pieces that are the result of a detailed examination of the ‘realistic truth’ of a certain place.”


Homage to James Joyce found on TreeFeathers


Some enclosures are recognizable from photographs, such as the studios of Vermeer, Bacon, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Giacometti, Hopper and Courbet. There is a library dedicated to James Joyce and a replica of Freud’s study.


Francis Bacon’s Studio, found HufPost / Kisa Lala, photo by Tessa Angus

Other Enclosures are ‘magic and metaphysical boxes” from Matton’s imagination, many using modern multimedia techniques.


The Sculptor Leonardo At Work, found on Orphine

Magic and Metaphysical

The Poisson d’Or depicts a music room with a grand piano, on which is projected the ghostly image of a young man performing Debussy’s Goldfish. The player is Matton’s son Jules, an accomplished classical pianist.

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Charles Matton’s Multimedia Box Poisson d’Or found on Tumblr

1:7 Scale

At a scale of about 1/7th of their original size, the replicas are much bigger than the average dollhouse or architectural model. The viewer is given the weird sense they could almost enter these overgrown rooms. Matton used a variety of materials, including cast and carved resin, wood, paper, plaster, and glass. One-way mirrors and light were used for maximum effect; projection equipment to bring the Box alive.


Charles Matton’s Grand Atelier found on WetCanvas

Worldwide Exhibitions

Matton’s works have been exhibited in a number of French museums, most notably at the Pompidou. There have also been exhibitions in New York, the Forum in Los Angeles, as well as in Germany and England. His wife Sylvie, and a group known as The Circle of Friends of Charles Matton continues to bring attention to the work of this painter, sculptor, draftsman, photographer, filmmaker and writer.

My favorite works are those which brought all these talents together to create imaginative miniature rooms. boxes, enclosures, whatever genre you choose to label them.


Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: modern, room boxes

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