Lady Antrim’s Family Doll’s Houses

A lavishly illustrated history of Baby & Dolls’ Houses and the makers of their furnishings

This book is the culmination of 50 years of collecting, uncovering and restoring, mending and researching. I wanted to share the revelations and delight these wonderful houses have given me, and I hope in doing so also to find out more from the feedback of my readers. I can't describe the thrill of finding the name of a toy-man in a trade directory after you have been searching for it for years, with only a name or initials embossed on a grate, or printed on the back of a piano needle case to go by. I am still embarrassed recalling the looks I got in the Guildhall Library when I made my first discovery.

And then there is the excitement of revealing wallpapers which have been covered up for perhaps 150 years, and still look as fresh and vibrant as when they were new. This urge to restore has got me into trouble on not a few occasions, and my workshop still has several houses which are in need of much more attention than I had first realised. Hopefully, they will all get done one day.

However, the book has quite enough in it already, and I hope you will enjoy looking at my discoveries as much as I have done making them.

This book provides a vibrant and revealing insight into the world of antique dolls’ houses, inspired by Lady Antrim's passion for antique dolls’ houses, 18th and 19th century interiors and wallpapers, architecture and social history. Liza Antrim is one of the leading experts in her field; trained as a picture restorer, she has brought her skills to bear on dolls’ houses which have suffered from generations of play and ‘improvements’.The result is a record of authentic period interiors that are hardly ever seen in the full scale world, a fascinating window into the past. Lavishly illustrated, this beautiful book reveals previously unseen houses, many with original contents and decorations. Original and important research into several newly discovered English makers and toymen makes this an indispensable work of reference.

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