Category Archives: amazing miniatures

Posted on 15 January, 2017


Section of the White House replica being unloaded at an exhibition site. Source unknown.

Miniature White House

Using the word “miniature” to describe very large dollhouses has always seemed weird to me. That’s especially true with the 1/12the scale replica of the White House. This colossus is 60 feet long and 20 feet wide. It weighs 10 tons and goes on tour in a big rig. John Zweigel’s obsessions truly stretches the universe of “tiny things.”


Posted by Patrick Owens

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Posted on 07 December, 2016


Tate Baby House, on exhibit at the V&A Museum, London

Traveling Dolls Houses

The Social Structure

In 17th century Britain, Peers of the Realm controlled vast ares of land. Controlled, that is, if they kept up the agreed income to the Crown. Fall short and a Marquess, Viscount or Baron risked loosing all or a portion of his land. It was customary a Peer to tour his holdings as soon as roads dried in the early summer and continue “showing the flag” until the first frost.


Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: amazing miniatures, cabinet

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Posted on 27 November, 2016


Susie Rogers and Kevin Mulvany,. Image found in their Gallery

Mulvany & Rogers – Boutique and Apartments

Of the many marvelous miniatures created by, Kevin Mulvany and Susie Rogers, I think this 17th century “hotel particulere,” now a very classy apartment above an haute couture shop, is my favorite. The boutique is so chic and has such a clean, modern look. The apartments have everything, from an eclectic mix of classic interiors to the mundane – a broom closet.


Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: amazing miniatures, French

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Posted on 20 November, 2016


Anonymous Artisans work in a folk art museum in Hillsborough, NC

Folk Art: Just For The Fun Of It

I sometimes get hung-up on museum quality miniatures, as if those exalted works are the only things to strive for. My apologizes to all of the talented artisans in the dollhouse miniature universe who are creating incredible works. Not all fascinating work has to be to be in 1:12 scale, either. Folk art is an example. A private collection in Hillsborough, North Carolina has many beautiful works, made by craftsman who wanted to memorialize a building that had meaning to their lives.

This post links to four sites: that folk art museum in NC, and three of my favorite artisans that who wonderful work … just for the fun of it.



Posted by Susan Downing

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