Royal Brighton Pavilion Matchstick Model. Made in the 1960s from over 40,000 matchsticks. By Bernard Martell. Built meticulously over 1700 hours by Martell.
The exquisite 1:100 matchstick model was first exhibited at Marlborough House. For many years after, it could be seen alongside the Pavilion itself. The Royal Pavilion is a seaside palace built for King George IV, by the architect John Nash. It is in the Anglo-Raj style, inspired by the architecture in Colonial India. This style was very much in vogue in the English Regency period. It remains intact to this day due to ongoing important preservation work. This unique architectural model sits in a custom-made glass case and mounted on a black lacquered Parsons table.