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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 15 December, 2015


“The World Made Small” exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg

The World Made Small Exhibition

If you are going to visit Colonial Williamsburg, there are some wonderful dollhouses in the “World Made Small” exhibit at the Rachel Elisabeth and Joshua Ryan Wilkinson Gallery. The featured dollhouse was built around 1900 and is ten feet long. The “miniature” was rescued

from a decaying Long Island mansion by the contractor hired to demolish it. After a stint in the window at FAO Schwartz, an up-scale toy store on Fifth Avenue, it was donated to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Other houses include a house made in the Chesapeake around 1835 and a colonial revival house made around 1940. While young girls played house, what about the young boys? Wonderful German-made play-sets from the 19th century will be featured including a fort, a soldiers’ campsite and a farm.

There are other items to see. Such as a kitchen room box to which a little girl made additions as she learned how to cook, and a well-furnished dollhouse that belonged to a Virginia governor’s granddaughter.

Click on photograph for exhibit blog with pictures. Here is another link to the Museum website, detailing other exhibits at the Wilkinson Gallery.




Posted by Susan Downing

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