Roger L. Gutheil has been crafting fine miniatures in the tradition of early craftsmen since 1962, when he began working anonymously for one of the older miniature studios in the country. Over the years, he and his wife Nancy have designed and created some of the finest miniatures available. His extensive knowledge of wood and woodworking has enabled him to solve the technical problems of miniature making. Together they offer a wide range of talents which are reflected in their artwork.
In 1977 they introduced an entirely new line of miniatures to the discriminating collector as Roger L. Gutheil, Inc. For the first time, collectors recognized the crafts people responsible for the miniatures they had long admired.
These reproductions are designed from the finest examples of 18th and 19th century furniture and accessories in museums and private collections. Their knowledge of these periods is reflected in the outstanding and often unique examples they have chosen.
Each piece in the collection is precisely scaled one inch to the foot with emphasis on the details. Before a piece is miniaturized, measurements are taken, angles and curves recorded, and scaled drawings are produced. The cherry and maple woods used are carefully selected for fineness of grain and workability. Painstaking care goes into the crafting of each piece with hours involved in the intricate carvings, turnings, moldings, and functional decorative hardware. Only the finest wood stains are used and each piece receives a hand rubbed lacquer and wax polish finish.
Roger L. Gutheil miniatures are designed to be today's valued collection pieces and heirlooms of tomorrow. Whenever possible, each piece is signed and dated.
Due to advancing age (in their mid-80's) and failing eyesight, Roger and Nancy discontinued crafting minitures in late 2012 and have retired. As of February 2015, all remaining open stock of miniatures are being sold 1/3 off list price. Please contact them for more information.