|"Morningside Cottage" DVD
A 1/12th scale miniature of Miss Marple's cottage in Agatha Christie's books.
As seen through the eyes of Sarah Salisbury and constructed by Pam Throop.
Sarah Salisbury, the inveterate collector of miniatures, would be so happy that so
many people in the miniature world would have so much interest in her collection of
“Morningside Cottage” or as some know it as “Miss Marple's Cottage.” She once
told me that this was the epitome and the finest house with all its furnishings and
accessories in her vast collection. Everything in the cottage was handcrafted.
Miniatures that she had collected all over the world, but mainly in England are
represented in this dwelling. Most are from the best and well known miniature
artisans. Pam Throop was commissioned by Sarah to build the cottage and over a 5
year period she and Sarah collaborated to complete this outstanding project. It was a
labor of love for both and the end result is a miniature that was above all others in
When Pam delivered the cottage to Sarah, we had a party at Sarah’s house to
decorate and furnish it. Lynda Bauer, Eleanor Taylor, Jacqueline Getzan and myself
spent more than 8 hours filling the cottage with all the miniatures that Sarah had
been collecting for the past 5 years. She laughed that she thought that there were
enough miniatures to fill two cottages, but we found a place for everything. It all
came together as an almost spiritual experience. When we finished we did not
realize then what a collaboration of “creating” had taken place. Some artisans that
were commissioned to make specific miniatures for the cottage were unaware that
they would be involved with such a project. It was because of Sarah and Pam and
their devotion to this cottage that it all came about. The cottage was truly Sarah’s
favorite and Pam also felt that this was her finest work.
This video is a tribute to Sarah, Pam and all the artisans and friends of Sarah that
were involved. It will memorialize Sarah’s love of miniatures. Unfortunately, Sarah
being very shy about seeing herself on camera, did not want to be interviewed for
the video. Also I was not able to document all the artisans whose furnishings and
accessories are shown on the video. Pam was very gracious to allow me to go to her
studio and she relates so much history and techniques about the cottage that this
alone is a treasure on the video. It is also interesting to see the actual studio where
Pam worked on her wonderful houses.
I remember one time when Sarah had a group tour in her home to view her miniature
collection. As her collection was quite extensive it took awhile for the group to view
all the rooms that held her miniatures. The “Morningside Cottage” was in one room
all by itself and one could walk around the table and view the cottage at their leisure.
The interesting thing was is that I had this video playing on Sarah’s TV and
everyone was sitting watching the video because it showed more close-ups of the
rooms than you could view in person in the next room.
I am still overwhelmed to this day, after more than 20 years, that I was so fortunate
to have made this video and to experience this awesome miniature.
It is sad that Sarah and Pam have both passed on and will no longer be able to enjoy
the miniature world they so loved.
|Copyright (c) 1978-2020 J. Getzan
In the introduction to the video, J. Getzan says that this is not a Hollywood
production, but it is an opportunity most of us would never have otherwise to
explore every nook and cranny of Sarah Salisbury's "Morningside Cottage." Her
home for the fictional Miss Jane Marple, which Sarah commissioned Pam Throop to
build, was featured in October 1990 Nutshell News. Its rooms and furnishings were
discussed in several of Sarah's earlier "Private Eye"columns, After seeing the
video you may want to refer to them again.
We are grateful that this video project was undertaken by a miniatures artisan,
someone who understands and appreciates just how superb this house is, and one
who would not talk down to us. The exterior of the cottage is thoroughly explored.
(And it is magnificent!) Inside, every room is seen at least once, (although not
always in the expected order) with many good close-ups of individual furnishings.
The music is pleasant and unobtrusive, but we yearned for a real tour guide who
would give us more description of the rooms and their furnishings.
We particularly appreciated the introduction for its background information and
photos of the actual English cottages on which Pam Throop based her design, and
we enjoyed the visit to Pam's workshop at the end of the video. A nice touch.
JD for Nutshell News
|A Review of the video in Nutshell News, August 1991
|Included with the DVD is a personal letter by Sarah Salisbury
relating how "Morningside Cottage" took place.