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Illuminated Diorama Box By Sans Robinson

Illuminated Diorama Box By Sans Robinson

Illuminated Diorama Box By Sans Robinson


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Stunning unique hand made musical & illuminated oak cased Diorama Box by Sans Robinson. Featuring a miniature scene of an old gardener in his potting shed, purportedly based on a real place in Cornwall.

The Potting Shed depicts an old gardener in a smock bent over a stone work bench surrounded by gardening tools with nightlight streaming in through the old window above. Old pea sticks, young plants and seedlings, brown paper bags of bulbs lie scattered around the shed, the floor is those old cobble stones from the Victorian period with an old latch door to the right leading into the garden beyond. One can imagine stepping through the door into the magical gardens beyond.

This beautiful diorama is truly one of a kind;; created by Sans Robinson (also known as Alan or Sansi Robinson) for the Rosie Duck Design Company in Brighton. He studied Fine Art and Textile Design at Camberwell Art School in 1977. Since then he has worked as a landscape gardener, renovating a 200 yr old Japanese water garden and building large model railways. He has exhibited his paintings and models in London and the South. Each model takes hours of work and are all original, one off masterpieces, Rarely coming onto the market these dioramas are destined to become heirlooms of the future. He has used his time to develop his collage and 3 D work, exhibiting regularly at home and abroad. Sans has also worked with the Jim Henson Creative workshops in London and also for Paramount Pictures making scenes for the film 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe".

Sans is known for using old oak cabinets, even old wooden boxes, to create his fantasy masterpieces. This particular oak cabinet has metal mounts, a glazed hinged door, drawer and electric illumination underneath, the original sticker from Rosie Duck Designs is on the back of the box. It is musical - playing "Scotland the Brave" and also recently Pat tested.

The diorama comes with the original certificate denoting the model number 154 and name "The Potting Shed" along with other paper work giving further insight into the life and work of Sans Robinson.

Condition is excellent, it is as if it was made yesterday.

Sans Robinson Background Information

Sans Robinson nightlight musical cabinets are both model and art, three dimensional scenes from favourite stories, fairy tales and his own imagination, - models but with a true painter's eye for composition, tricks of perspective and the effect of light and shadow.

Each time you look you see something else, books, rakes, bulbs, broken bits of window pane, muddy boots behind a door. If you stand at an angle and look up to the shelf above you can just catch a glimpse of old clay pots, the handle of a shovel.

Sans Robinson spent his life as a painter, landscape gardener and cabinet maker, all of which are reflected in his unique models. These are not playthings but more windows onto smaller but no less real worlds, so beautifully caught that, though models, they have a movement and life all their own.


Shipping within the UK Mainland is FREE or you are welcome to collect in person

Due to the diorama being not only rather heavy but also as a completely unique piece, it is irreplaceable and therefore I wouldn't want it to get damaged in the post, for this reason it will be shipped via a courier.

For shipping overseas it is NOT free. Please contact me to discuss the shipping details BEFORE PURCHASE so that I may obtain an accurate quote


W31.0 x H38.0 x D19.0 cm



Wear condition



Sans Robinson

Date of manufacture


Place of origin

United Kingdom


Oak, brass, clay, glass, music box


Late 20th Century




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