Category Archives: Victorian

Posted on 08 January, 2017

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Rick Maccione of Dollhouse Mansions with his customized Queen Anne dollhouse, which has a flat “tower” mansard roof.

Mansard Roofs On Dollhouses

The mansard roof is a “device” popularized by the 17th-century French architect Francois Mansart (1598-1666). I’ve put the word device in quotes because its development was a result of two imperatives. First, if an architect designed a building more stylish or taller than the King’s buildings, there was the possibility His Majesty might order the builder to bring the structure into “code” — smaller and

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Posted by Patrick Owens

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Posted on 02 November, 2016

Miss Miles Dolls House

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Miss Miles Dolls House, on exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Amy Miles (1857 – 1928) grew up in a prosperous Victorian household. She made this dolls house when she was in her thirties to help keep the memories of her childhood alive. Following is the description posted on the Victoria & Albert Museum website:

“Made by Amy Miles when she was in her thirties, this evocative dolls’ house looks back to her childhood and the house where she grew up in Friern Barnet, North London. It was one of the first dolls’ houses to be collected by the V&A, and has been central to the collection ever since.

“Rather than creating a snapshot of a particular time, Amy Miles included gadgets and inventions popular from the 1850s onwards. The geyser in the bathroom was patented in 1868,

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Ileana Otini Miss Miles Dolls House video

but was soon surpassed my more reliable methods of heating water. The telephone in the hall would have appeared after 1876 and domestic electric lights weren’t available until the 1890s. In the dining room sits a tiered white wedding cake – made of real sponge cake and icing. These first appeared at the wedding of Victoria’s son, Prince Leopold, in 1882.

“Amy Miles (1857 – 1928) grew up in a prosperous Victorian household, overseen by her father, John Miles, who was manager of a book publishers, investor in the New River Company, and active philanthropist. Amy was the youngest of five children, and all the girls were taught at home by governesses.”

Click here for a link to the V&A Miss Miles page which includes many great photographs. Click on the Ileana Ottini Miss Miles picture above to see a three and a half minute video.

Posted by Susan Downing


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Posted on 25 September, 2016

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Late Victorian/Edwardian Dollhouse found on AnniesMinis

Late Victorian Furniture

A revolution was about to take place. Artists and designers revolted against the machine age that replaced an individual’s talent. In furniture, the Arts/Aesthetics and Arts & Crafts movements would round out the Victorian era. And a book would be the focal point.

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Posted by Susan Downing

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Posted on 16 September, 2016

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Thorne Room (unidentified)

Mid-Victorian Furniture

Mid-Victorian furniture design continued the practice of reviving and blending old styles. Add to that, increased world trade introduced middle-eastern and Asian elements to the mix. No particular style dominated. Rather, furniture designers drew inspiration from Elizabethan, Neoclassical and other periods. And it could all be done with machines.

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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: furniture, Victorian


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