Category Archives: Victorian

Posted on 13 August, 2017

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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 on 17 May, 2017

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The 18th Century Room Setting as it appeared in 1917. (C) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

18th Century Room Setting

Curator Sarah Wood found that one of the most exciting parts of redisplaying the dolls’ house gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum has been reviving the so-called ‘18th-century room setting’. This intriguing group of furniture, cutlery, kitchenware, wooden panels, and dolls was purchased by the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1877 when it was bought for £20 from a Staffordshire woman named Mrs. Thornhill.

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Categories: dioramas, dolls, furniture, Victorian


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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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Categories: Victorian


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Posted on 20 December, 2016

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Dominique’s Maison Garfield on the Humpty Dumpty House website

Humpty Dumpty House – Harry Potter Dragons

The Humpty Dumpty House is a delightful site owned by the French miniaturist Dominique. Her skill in creating miniature items – I especially like her shoes – is amazing. Dominique’s taste in dollhouses goes from the traditional, the Victorian Maison Garfield to the bizarre Voodoo Boat, with the Harry Potter Azimuth Dragons in between. The machine translation from French to English may be a bit clunky. The photography is not. And be sure to check out Dominique’s Tips and Miniatures.

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Categories: artisans, Victorian


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