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The Dolls' House

attributed to Thomas Chippendale (Otley 1718 - London 1779)

Category

Dolls' houses and furnishings

Date

1730 - 1740

Materials

Metal, Textile, Wood, Pine, Mahogany, Oak

Measurements

1990 x 1910 x 790 mm; 1920 mm (Height)

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Collection

Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire (Accredited Museum)

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NT 959710.1

Caption

The Doll’s House was made around 1735, about the time of the building of Nostell itself. The accuracy of the architecture and interiors suggest it was made by professional craftsman as a model, or for the amusement of adults rather than a child’s toy. Each piece of furniture is made with great precision, even the silver is hallmarked.

Summary

Traditionally thought to have been designed by James Paine and made by Thomas Chippendale, a George II painted doll's house in the form of a pedimented classical house surmounted by the Winn coat-of-arms, consisting of nine rooms, and containing namely, A1(top left) desk,two ceramic bowls,ceramic teapot,armchair,two chairs,two stools,fire grate,fire screen,fire irons,carpet,four curtains,two pelmets,painting,and doll, A2(mid top) tester bed,three chairs,two stools,chest,dressing table,mirror,three glass ornaments,one ceramic dish,two silver bowls,washstand,carpet, A3(top right) two dolls,tester bed,three chairs,carver chair,ivory fire-irons,silver washstand,ceramic jug washbasin and bowl,dressing table,mirror,crib,silver washstand jug and basin,wall mirror,four curtains,two pelmets,carpet, B1(middle left) doll,six ceramic vases,bureau,four chairs,card table,three glasses and decanter,fire basket,brass fender,four curtains,two pelmets, B2(middle centre) doll,tester bed,two chairs,chest of drawers,two candlesticks,silver ornament,two portraits,washstand,silver bowl and jug,fire basket and fender,four silver fire-irons,three ceramic ornaments,carpet, B3(middle right) two carvers,four chairs,two sofas,four gold boxes,gold cabinet,gold chest,fender and basket,three fire-irons,six silver cups/saucers,three silver spoons,teapot,coffee pot,wall mirror,four curtains,two pelmets, C1(bottom left) dining table,four chairs,side table,two glass candelabra,four wine glasses and decanter,three silver bowls,fire basket and fender,three fire-irons,marble wall table,wall mirror,four curtains,two pelmets, C2(bottom middle) doll,four chairs,table,long case clock,silver basket,silver candlestick,fire basket and fender,brass chandelier, C3(bottom right) doll,glass mouse,dog,two chairs,plate stand,twenty silver plates,chopping block,metal spit,dresser,eighteen silver plates,nine silver utensils,three brass pans,table,five silver utensils,silver kettle,wall bracket,two ceramic utensils,fire grate and guard,seive,brass candlestick.

Makers and roles

attributed to Thomas Chippendale (Otley 1718 - London 1779) , maker

Exhibition history

The Treasure Houses of Britain, National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA, 1985 - 1986, no.590

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