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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 08 March, 2015


Josie Bouwt’s Fine Dining room box.

Josje Bouwt’s Fine Dining

This lovely dining room miniature is another of Josje Bouwt’s wonderful creations she shares in her blog, “A Beautiful World.”


Josje Bouwt’s Dining Room Miniature

Quotes attributed to A. Aardewerk Antiquairs Juweliers describes it well. “The table is laid for six, with a rare, complete set of cutlery consisting of six forks, six knives and six spoons. Between the candlesticks in the centre of the table is an equally rare oil and vinegar cruet set and a pair of sauce boats.”


“The pièce de résistance is the wall fountain in the alcove, which can be closed off with two sliding doors. An actual fountain of this kind would have been filled with wine. Costly engraved glasses were displayed on the console tables around the fountain. During the meal, diners could take a glass and fill it with wine before resuming their place at the table. The set of six dining chairs around the table is exceptional. There is a silver fire back and a hearth plate in the fireplace.”


Josje Bouwt’s finished fireplace mantel

Finished Fireplace Mantel.

Here’s what Josie says about the fireplace mantel. Look at the April 17the post for a step-by-step:
“For the marbling I used acrylic paint which I applied in layers using a cotton rag.  Layer after layer after layer of colour, until I was happy with the colour and the effect.  In between the layers and washes of paint I used clear varnish and then polished with very fine steel wool to get a shine.  I applied the veining with a fine brush, a stick and pencil.  After a final varnish I applied a coat of thin wax to give it that lovely shine which marble has.”

Video of the sliding doors that will conceal the fountain — under construction

Under Construction

Click on the photo for a link to the Video page. Scroll down the page; this is the fifth video. The sliding doors will conceal the fountain, when they are completed. Exquisite work, Josje.

Click here for the full blog post. 

Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: dining room, room boxes

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