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Impressive Georgian Painted Wood Three-Story Baby House

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European Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2476
Date / Time :
October 10, 2009 11:00AM


Impressive Georgian Painted Wood Three-Story Baby House, England, late 18th century, probably built by an estate carpenter, the fa├žade accented with hand-carved dimensional quioning, and with small arched recesses and vertical beading to cornice, divided into three distinct sections with hinged locking doors, the center section recessed and centered by entry staircase; the hipped roof with three chimneys evenly spaced across the top; the exterior painted a soft fawn color with thin lines of white paint to simulate ashlar stonework, with the blind four-paned windows outlined in brown, and accented with white painted interior window shades set at varying heights; the arched front windows recessed into the walls with attached carved sills, with the rectangular side windows without recessing or sills; the interior featuring nine rooms, some with vintage wallpapers or painted-over papers indicating periodic redecorating, as well as some pictures or wall hangings on the walls; some floors unfinished, others with wallpaper or old carpet scraps; one room with original recessed fireplace with a grate, and a freestanding kitchen fireplace with tin insert is included with the house, (areas of exterior trim missing, overall very good), ht. 40, wd. 38, dp. 16 in.

Note: Mr. Wright acquired this house three years ago from the estate of noted doll collector Dorothy Dixon, who originally purchased it in England. Many of the contents of the house, which are being sold in this auction as separate lots, reportedly came with the house, but Miss Dixon apparently added several items of more recent vintage. The trio of faux front doors, somewhat disproportionately small relative to the large windows, is a common feature of English dollhouses of this vintage.

Estimate $10,000-15,000

Dimensions: ht. 40, wd. 38, dp. 16 in. Condition: areas of exterior trim missing, one chimney missing, some age typical shrinkage cracking, but overall very good.
There is no internal staircase, nor are there any interior doorways or applied moldings, except one room was attractively redecorated in the early 20th century with subtly indicated paneling and colorful prints glued inside the panels. One room with original recessed fireplace with a grate, and a free-standing kitchen fireplace with tin insert is included with the house.


United Kingdom, Dorothy Dixon, estate carpenter, noted doll collector, Wright, Fireplaces