Family Dolls' Houses of the 18th and 19th Centuries by Liza Antrim

Monday, October 8, 2012

If you love antique and vintage dolls' houses, this is the book for you!

It isn't very often that a book on antique dolls' houses comes along, which makes this one all the more exciting. Published by Cider House Books, this book is the culmination of 50 years of collecting, uncovering, mending, researching and restoring the older dolls' house.

It's author Liza Antrim became hooked on miniatures at the age of nine, having read Vivien Greene's English Dolls Houses and in finding her own tiny pieces. Eventually she acquired an antique box-back dolls' house. That was just the beginning of a life-long interest. 

The book showcases 34 unique dolls' houses, many never before seen. Working like a detective Liza has uncovered the history of each house. She says, 'I can't describe the thrill of finding the name of a toy manufacturer in a trade directory after you have been searching for it for years, with only a name or initials embossed on a grate or painted on the back of a piano needle case to go by. '

The passion behind those discoveries is revealed in this book. Each dolls' house is fully illustrated with lavish colour photographs. The photograhhy gives a fascinating glimpse into numerous tiny rooms and the lives lived out in them. There are also close ups of individual pieces of furniture, accessories and doll families. There is also a chapter on miniature kitchens. 

These vintage dolls' houses are every bit as stunning as the modern dolls' house replicas that we see today.


The hardback book is £60 plus P&P

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