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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 30 January, 2016

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Titania’s Palace at Egeskov Castle in Denmark found on Karen Mardahl’s Flickr stream

Titania’s Palace

The story goes that on a warm day in the Spring of 1907, Sir Nevile Wilkinson was sketching in the woods behind his manor, Mount Merrion House. His daughter Guendolen, age 3, played nearby and suddenly cried out that a fairy ran under the roots of a tree. She felt sorry they had to live underground in damp caves and asked her father to have a proper house built for them.

Sir Nevile complied with her wish by laying out plans with a Dublin cabinet maker to create a structure for quite a lot of fairies. Titania’s Palace is four feet long and has eighteen rooms. It is in 1:12 scale and contains over 3,000 miniature objects.

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Titania’s Palace Throne Room

A Point Of Honor

Twenty years later, just before Titania’s Palace was finally completed, rumors that Sir Nevile’s arch rival, Sir Edwin Lutyens and 1,000 craftsmen were constructing a royal dolls house for Queen Mary.

Sir Nevile considered it a point of honor that his dolls house must have its debut before Lutyens and accepted an invitation to exhibit Titania’s Palace at the prestigious Women’s Exhibition in London, under the auspices of the Daily Express. Seventeen thousand visitors paid their respects to the Fairy Queen.They donated £420 to children’s charities.

 The Auction Block

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Titania’s Palace Day Nursery at Egeskov Castle in

Titania’s Palace was exhibited near Dublin until 1967. Owing to the loss of its permanent home in Ireland, the trustees of the estate decided to sell the Palace at auction. The winning bidder was Legoland of Denmark. It stayed on display at Legoland until 2007, when a loan agreement was made to display Titania’s Palace at Egeskov Castle, where it can be seen today.

Irritated Irish

The Irish underbidders were so disappointed at the loss of their Palace, they commissioned a new one, to be named Tara’s Palace. It is on display at the Tara’s Palace Museum of Childhood, located in Powerscourt Estate, near Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland.

It is larger than Titania’s Palace, with a façade of 9 feet, and has 22 rooms. The design is a

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Tara’ s Palace at the Power’s Court Museum

combination of famous Irish houses notably Leinster, Carton, and Castletown. Many of the unique interiors of those houses, such as the Print Room in Castletown, have been recreated in 1:12th scale.

Here are 3 more links you may enjoy: the Tara’s Palace Museum blog which has great photos. And my favorite video of Titian’s Palace. The voice-over is in Danish, but the photography is gorgeous.

 

Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens

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Categories: Great Dollhouses


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