Box 272 Interior, Harry Burton, Gelatin silver print circa 1927

Photo documentation from the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun. And, I think, one of the loveliest photographs ever made.


About one hundred years ago, New York's swanky socialite spinster Stettheimer sisters began the decoration of a dynamic, yet diminutive, Deco-influenced early Modernist-style dollhouse.

Now to be found among the dreary period rooms and droves of dusty dolls that comprise the Museum of the City of New York’s permanent collection, Carrie and Florine Stettheimer’s creation really stands out as a work of art that’s quite spectacular and super-original.

Ahead of its time, indeed -- yet also an encapsulation of the era in which it was produced.

And the
sister’s artistic endeavor is ambitious in another way, ‘cause the mini mansion contains a Meta-magnificent mélange of original, to-scale works created by the Stettheimer's artist friends, including William Zorach, Alexander Archipenko, and Gaston Lachaise.

Crouch down, peer in to its many rooms, and it just might be hear a tinny-sounding, Cole Porter song spinning on the gramophone, and tiny satin-shod feet stomping on a postage stamp-sized polar bear fur rug to the detumescent fzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz rhythm… of a plethora of Pop! Pop! Popping! Popped! pen nib-sized champagne corks.