Queen Mary’s Doll’s House. Commissioned by Princess Marie Louise for Queen Mary, 1921-24. The House is also a snapshot of the artistic and cultural life of the 1920s. Princess Marie Louise and Lutyens approached many of the artists, composers and writers of the day to contribute to the Library. The result is 588 miniature books ranging from the complete works of Shakespeare, the Bible and the Koran, to novels, poems and prose articles; over 700 specially-made watercolours, prints and etchings; and 24 miniaturised music scores. As an archive of the artistic life of the period it remains unrivalled. Courtesy Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021
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Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, 1935. Horace Jackson, an architect and set designer who worked for First National Studios, created the floor plan and layout of the castle. It was given to the Museum of Science and Industry in 1949.
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The Stettheimer Dollhouse, is made by Carrie Walter Stettheimer from 1916 to 1935. It has two-stories and twelve rooms and remarkable art collection donated by artist friends of Carrie like Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Archipenko, George Bellows, Gaston Lachaise, and Marguerite Zorach. They made tiny copies of their paintings and sculptures for the dollhouse. After Carrie’s death dollhouse was donated to Museum of the City of New York in 1945.Courtesy Museum of the City of New York. Photos: Brad Farwell
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Thorne Miniature Rooms. Narcissa Niblack Thorne, the creator of the Thorne Rooms, assembled a group of skilled artisans in Chicago in the 1930s to create a series of 68 intricate rooms on the minute scale of 1:12. With these interiors, she wanted to present a visual history of interior design that was both accurate and inspiring. The result is two parts fantasy, one part history—each room a shoe box–sized stage set awaiting viewers’ characters and plots. The rooms are scattered among different museums such are the Art Institute of Chicago, Phoenix Art Museum and the Knoxville Museum of Art.
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Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures’ collection of miniatures includes over 500 antique and contemporary dollhouses and roomboxes, while special exhibitions highlight the breadth and diversity of the art of miniatures.
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Long form articles:
The Stettheimer Dollhouse: A Life and Salon in Miniature