Category Archives: Victorian

Posted on 02 November, 2016

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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 the manager of a book publisher, 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.

 

Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens

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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 on 04 September, 2016

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Miss Amy Miles Dolls’ House, at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Early Victorian Furniture

Queen Victoria’s reign over the British Empire lasted sixty-four years (1837-1901). Many styles of furniture rose and fell in popularity in that time. Combined, they have earned the generic classification – Victorian. There is one common thread, however. Victoria loved ornate styles. Generally, think of cluttered rooms, full of heavy furniture, and surrounded by plants, bulky fabrics and lots of china and glassware. The later Victorian era saw a modest lessening of overcrowded rooms until her son Albert (Bertie) succeeded to the throne as Edward VII and extravagance became the decorating principle.

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Posted on 12 August, 2016

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harles Hacker Blue Mansard Roof Dollhouse found on James Julia Auctioneers

Christian Hacker Dollhouses

The Christian Hacker factory was founded in Nuremberg in 1835. Over the years it produced varieties of wooden toys such as dollhouses, miniature room boxes, toy stables, guard houses, kitchens, shops, castles, cars, trains and many others. The toys were very high quality and expensive. The company twice won medals in Paris at the Great Exhibition. The company closed in 1927 after the collapse of the German economy

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