The “miniature under glass” has often been called a vignette. Actually, a vignette is more often a small box used as a repository for memorabilia such as dried flowers.
The “miniature under glass” is an artisan’s work– considered more of an art piece.
One of the ways in which this form distinguishes itself from the vignette is that it is in perfect scale of 1 inch to 1 foot. Precise. Detailed work.
Miniatures were popular from the late 1800’s to date.
It has often been said that with the “miniature under glass” you “crawl into it and go into another world”.
This form incorporates hand made symbols of the favorite objects and activities of a person or sometimes of a scene such as a Christmas tree scene for a family. The glass dome and the wood base are most often imported from Belgium. Each and every “miniature under glass” is unique and very personal!