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Queen Mary's Dolls' House by Mary…

Queen Mary's Dolls' House

by Mary Stewart-Wilson

Other authors: David Cripps (Photographer)

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When a dolls house has been designed by the most famous architect of his time, filled with specially commissioned objects of the very best contemporary domestic, industrial and artistic design, and presented to a queen for her personal pleasure, then surely a detailed study of it is justified. It is that story, with the remarkable photographic record of the house and its contents which accompanies it, which this book tells. The house was presented to Queen Mary in 1924 as a gesture of goodwill from the artists, craftsmen and authors most prominent at the time. It is not only a royal treasure; it shows in miniature a detailed picture of a domestic interior, and of an established way of life, in the period after World War I - and of course, unlike virtually every full-sized example of the kind, it remains entirely unmodernised. The craftsmanship visible in the contents of the forty rooms and vestibules is unparalleled, and it is presented here in David Cripps's photographs to capture an English period scene of incomparable charm.… (more)
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    Queen Mary's Dolls' House by Clifford Musgrave (fdholt)
    fdholt: The Musgrave book contains full color photographs of each side of the house which are lacking in this book. Both are needed to fully understand the layout of the house.

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When I was in Great Britain, one of the highlights was to go to Windsor Castle and see Queen Mary's doll house. It was awe inspiring. Mary Stewart-Wilson has written a book, lavishly illustrated with color photographs and floor plans, to bring the experience to life, even if you haven't made a visit in person. The history of the house to the furnishings to the architect who made it all possible are outlined in detail. The only thing missing is photos of each of the four sides of the house, which would be helpful in getting a perspective of where each room is placed, especially important for the two mezzanines.

The house is a record of how the privileged classes lived after the Great War, including the servants. The house has electricity and running water - all the faucets and commodes work! There are books and art work made especially for the house. The book also shows the tiny details that you miss when looking at a complete room - the contents of a desk, an iron, beds with hot water bottles between the sheets, wine bottles actually filled with wine, and many other treats and surprises.

You can spend hours looking at the photos and still miss the rich detail until the next time you open the book. A treasure indeed! ( )
  fdholt | Jul 30, 2019 |
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