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From simple one-room cottages to multilevel castles, dollhouses have long been treasured by children and adults alike. In an ever-expanding array of sizes and styles, they may be closely modeled on reality or wildly whimsical. Few, however, approach the splendor of the royal dollhouse on display at Windsor Castle. With running water, electricity, two working elevators, andFrom simple one-room cottages to multilevel castles, dollhouses have long been treasured by children and adults alike. In an ever-expanding array of sizes and styles, they may be closely modeled on reality or wildly whimsical. Few, however, approach the splendor of the royal dollhouse on display at Windsor Castle. With running water, electricity, two working elevators, and many other delights, there can be no question that this is a dollhouse fit for a queen.           This lavishly illustrated volume offers a detailed history of the creation, decoration, and furnishing of this extraordinary dollhouse. Commissioned in the 1920s for Queen Mary and designed by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, the house is a perfect scale replica of an Edwardian residence, complete in every detail. Its library boasts original works by the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy, and Edith Wharton. Its wine cellar is replete with tiny bottles containing thimblefuls of real vintage wine. And, naturally, its tiny residents eschew pink convertibles in favor of the fleet of elegant Rolls Royce limousines housed in the miniature garage. These and hundreds of other charming features are lovingly detailed in color, with extensive use of material from the royal archives, detailing for the first time the contributions of the artists, craftspeople, and donors involved in its creation.An imaginative tour of this smallest and grandest of aristocratic residences, which receives thousands of full-sized visitors each year, The Queen’s Dolls' House is full of surprises that will captivate toy collectors, miniaturists, and fans of the royal family alike....

Title : The Queen's Dolls' House: A Dollhouse Made for Queen Mary
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ISBN : 9781905686261
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 131 Pages
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The Queen's Dolls' House: A Dollhouse Made for Queen Mary Reviews

  • Jeslyn
    2019-02-27 04:02

    Upon finishing this book, I dearly wished that some other title could be used - for this is not a dolls' house in the concept of which most of us think. Most are indeed filled with miniatures, but focus on personal appeal and/or play, rather than meticulous preservation. Colleen Moore's Dolls' House at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago (another priceless offering in the category) is amazing and lovely, but its theme of children's stories gives it a timeless quality. Queen Mary's house is a time capsule - not of an abode, but of England herself. Though many would argue that the furnishings are hardly representative of the "common English Everyman", it is certainly a snapshot of England In The Moment; from food, household products, toys, and cars, to authors, artists, and composers, one can peek within the walls of this home and come away with an excellent idea of England and "English" post-World War I. Whether interested in history, art, literature, architecture, or even automobiles, when in England look up this treasure at Windsor Castle and spend some time marveling at this fantastic time capsule.The final paragraphs say it best:"That the work of so many of the forgotten ones - as well of course of the dazzling immortals - may be discovered within these walls is one of the most potent aspects of the Dolls' House."It has been built to outlast us all, to carry on into the future and different world this pattern of our own. It is a serious attempt to express our age and to show forth in dwarf proportions the limbs of our present world." - A. C. BensonWhat a treasure it is. Never has a generation been so meticulously memorialised: from Bromo lavatory paper to murals by William Nicholson and Edmund Dulac; from pre-penicillin pneumonia vests to handwritten books by Kipling and Conan Doyle. With such sights amidst the wealth of contemporary decoration, art and architecture, literature and music, all enlivened by enchanting contributions from industrialists and manufacturers, the spirit of an age has been forever captured within these little walls. It is nothing short of magical, a word that when describing Queen Mary's Dolls' House can never be used enough.

  • Angela Moore
    2019-02-16 05:42

    Having seen this delightful dolls house at Windsor Castle a few years I was so fascinated and intrigued by the tiny treasures in front of my eyes, that buying this book was the first item I sort out in the souvenir shop. This book takes you through the inspiration and design of this magical house by Edward Lutyens, for it is far more a house than a dolls house. Leading you through the downstairs, gardens, garage and leading you to the formal rooms of this upper class home of the 1920’s, made specially for Queen Mary.This project lasted many years and manufacturers, craftsman, and famous artists of the day were all honoured to take part. Many offering their services and item for free. Although it is amusingly read of those few that refused and would be insulted to have had there work included, these include a very famous author and composer. When the house was finished it went on public display, and was an opportunity to show the British public that the King and Queen lived in a home, that was like many others. They had a chamber pot under their bed, a pot of cold cream on the dressing table. They also have Crown Jewels, a motor vehicle, working lift, electricity, running water, and servants quarters. The did find the book to be written in a rather pretentious manner, it also did not answer some of questions about the detail of some of the items. I would like to have read more about the process it took to create some of the items, such as the tiny pots of jam, the China and cutlery, and particularly the full library of books. There are some wonderful photographs a chance to see an item that may be hidden away out of sight when touring the real dolls house. The set of golf clubs photographed next to a full size golf ball gives you a real appreciation of the skill required by to create these wonders.I long for another visit to peek inside this wonder of craftsmanship.

  • Lorraine
    2019-03-19 04:49

    This is not a big book, but it is a beautiful and fascinating book. This book is about the Dolls' House that was built for Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II's great - grandmother, in 1924. it was a loving project of architect Sir Edwin Lutyens suggested by Princess Marie Louise, Queen Victoria's granddaughter. This project involved authos, artists, craftsmen, manufacturers, composers, a master gardener, Gertrude Jekyll, and many others to provide Queen Mary, a collector of objects d'art and items in miniature . It is a statement of British history in 1924 as well as British talent. For example, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a story, How Watson Learned The Trick, in miniature in his own hand, and then the story was bound in leather and the title was put on in gold gilt. The book was then placed in Queen Mary's Dolls' House's library. What a feat! This book provides inventories of the cars and garage, below stairs, above stairs, and the personal bedrooms of the King and Queen. It is the royal house in miniature along with all items that were used in 1924. One must see this book to truly understand what I am saying, and if one is in England, one must go to Windsor Castle as that is where the Dolls' House is on permanent display. It is a phenomenal statement of the craftsmanship in Britain at that time!

  • Ashlie
    2019-02-20 00:40

    This book is about a dolls' house that must be the most realistic dolls' house in the world. It was designed and built in the 1920s for Queen Mary, by a famous British architect. Many artists, writers, and craftsmen of the day contributed to it.The photographs include close-ups of the rooms, and many of the tiny items made to decorate them. It also has a complete inventory in the back. If you like miniatures, I'm sure you will love this book. It is considered an almost perfect historical representation of an upper class English household of the time. The dolls' house is located at Windsor Castle and may be viewed by the public, but you can probably get a better look at it with this book.

  • Becky Galambos
    2019-02-21 01:57

    This is an amazing book for anyone who loves miniatures, dollhouses or simply beautiful houses. The dollhouse is a tiny, completely working scale model of an english house, built as a present for Queen Mary in 1924. This book takes you inside, room by room to view the wonder that is the dollhouse. It has one of the best libraries in the world, and each piece of furniture or art is a priceless piece of both art and history.

  • Rebecca Huston
    2019-02-19 01:44

    Possibly the most remarkable miniature work ever attempted. Everything is in a 1 foot (imperial) to 1 inch scale -- and it all works, from the taps, lift, and even the gramaphone. Longer review forthcoming.

  • Jane Baker
    2019-03-18 02:58

    Wonderful! Full of wonder!!! Working lights, fireplaces, taps, elevators! Amazing!

  • Merilyn
    2019-03-05 00:01

    Amazing dollshouse!