A set of miniature antique furniture from a doll’s house is to be auctioned next month, including the contents of the house’s drawing room and the staff quarters.
The auction company, from Sherbourne in Dorset, is set to host the sale. The colonial-style dolls house was crafted by Tynietoys, a company from the United States; the furniture inside, on the other hand, was produced by students of the Rhode Island School of Design, who hand painted each individual piece.
The model was donated to a nunnery by the family which owned it, and the house and its furniture were packed away into boxes at some point in 1945.
The value of the antique items in the doll’s house is expected to fall between £300 and £500 at the auction. According to a partner of the auctioneers, Richard Bromell, it is just a shame that the house isn’t a full size building. He said:
“Rarely do such wonderful contents come on the auction market.”
Doll’s houses are believed to have been in existence for thousands of years, with their origins traced back to ancient Egypt. In Europe, they first appeared in the 16th Century.
For collectors who prefer life-size antique furniture, a selection of pieces may be discovered in Blackburn, including antique chests – which could be useful for safe storage of the doll’s house contents. Alternatively, an antique cabinet could be suitable for displaying some of the furniture, if it were to be kept separate from the model house.
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