Category Archives: Rococo

Posted on 10 May, 2016

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Suzie Rogers and the Homage to Versailles, found in the Daily Mail

Your First Authentic Replica

Creating authentic replicas may be more complicated than you think. It’s not just getting the era right, but duplicating what may be an eclectic interior design and structural changes in original construct. Lavana has written a helpful guide to keep you on track, if this is your first attempt at bringing a memory into 1:12 scale reality.

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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: artisans, Rococo


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Posted on 26 January, 2016

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An ecstatic Mulvaney & Rogers customer taking possession of her commissioned dollhouse.

Mulvany & Rogers

This is one of my favorite images, an ecstatic customer taking possession of her commissioned dollhouse. Mulvany & Rogers have lots of satisfied customers, but getting such photographic proof is a rare thing.

Susan Rogers and Kevin Mulvany are amazing artisans. They have been commissioned to create such 1:12 scale marvels as the Brighton Pavilion, Spencer House, and Buckingham Palace. One thing I treasure the most is a BBC interview featuring their Parisienne 17th-century “hotel particulere,”  now a very classy apartment above an haute couture shop. When the commercial side of my 1:12 scale life – making accessories and getting them shipped on time – begins to dull the magic of the miniature world, watching two minutes of lovely images and a calming soundtrack remind me what is truly possible with the dollhouse miniature craft I love. Click on the photos for links to other articles.

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Posted on 25 January, 2016

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Front of the Doll’s House at Nostell Priory in Yorkshire, furniture attributed to Thomas Chippendale

Thomas Chippendale Dolls House

Thomas Chippendale was born in Yorkshire early in 1718. His family had long been in the wood working trades and he probably received his basic training from his father. When his apprenticeship was completed, he moved to London and worked as a journeyman cabinet maker.

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Posted on 07 January, 2016

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Rococo In Miniature – Sitting Room in one of the mythical Castles of the Vaunted Island

The Rococo Style

Historical Context

There is no ambiguity about the rococo style. You love it! It’s elegant, witty, playful florid, graceful. Or you might find Rococo grotesque, over-blown, frivolous, a hodge-podge of swirls and bulges. It all began in 1715 when the five-year-old Louis XV ascended to the throne in France, with the Duc d’Orléans appointed as Regent. The Duke had no hopes of becoming King and spent the 8 years of his Regency thoroughly enjoying himself. The aristocracy followed his lead in a passion for beautiful things, and an imagination that often veered to the bizarre. The French upper-class of the mid-18th century is entirely responsible for the outrageous style of art and design known as Rococo.

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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: Baroque, Chinoiserie, Rococo


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