Chinese Dollhouse Furniture

chinese dollhouse furniture
  • A miniature toy house used for playing with dolls
  • a house so small that it is likened to a child's plaything
  • a small model of a house used as a toy by children
  • A dollhouse is a toy home, made in miniature. For the last century, dollhouses have primarily been the domain of children but their collection and crafting is also a hobby for many adults.
  • furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy; "they had too much furniture for the small apartment"; "there was only one piece of furniture in the room"
  • Small accessories or fittings for a particular use or piece of equipment
  • Furniture is the mass noun for the movable objects ('mobile' in Latin languages) intended to support various human activities such as seating and sleeping in beds, to hold objects at a convenient height for work using horizontal surfaces above the ground, or to store things.
  • Furniture + 2 is the most recent EP released by American post-hardcore band Fugazi. It was recorded in January and February 2001, the same time that the band was recording their last album, The Argument, and released in October 2001 on 7" and on CD.
  • A person's habitual attitude, outlook, and way of thinking
  • Large movable equipment, such as tables and chairs, used to make a house, office, or other space suitable for living or working
  • any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system
  • Taiwanese: of or relating to or characteristic of the island republic on Taiwan or its residents or their language; "the Taiwanese capital is Taipeh"
  • Belonging to or relating to the people forming the dominant ethnic group of China and widely dispersed elsewhere
  • of or pertaining to China or its peoples or cultures; "Chinese food"
  • Of or relating to China or its language, culture, or people
chinese dollhouse furniture - Antique Style
Antique Style Miniature Dollhouse Furniture Medium China Cabinet
Antique Style Miniature Dollhouse Furniture Medium China Cabinet
New old stock warehouse find, this is a miniature dollhouse china cupboard made by Russ Berrie around 1996 for their vintage inspired Bears from the Past line. The cabinet is small in scale -- about 4-3/8" tall. It was designed for miniature bears, but would work equally well with miniature dolls. It is made of wood, with some moveable parts (the "glass" front door are a plastic material), plus hand painted decoration. The furniture is sealed on a card inside the box and is mint, some of the boxes show some imperfections like stiffness, waviness, rust around the staples, etc.

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The Laird's Retreat -- 1" Scale Room Box
The Laird's Retreat -- 1" Scale Room Box
As someone of Scottish descent I'd been wanting to do a project that would reflect my heritage. Found the empty tartan room box at a miniature club swap meet and the fun began. At clan gatherings -- Clan Donald is oldest and largest of the Highland families -- a ferocious boar's head leads the procession as the haggis is piped into the dining room. Once I found the massive porcine, things began to fall into place. It would be a room in the hunting lodge of a wealthy Scottish landowner. Several years ago a San Francisco mini store was selling a furnished dollhouse that had once belonged to the famed collector Narcissa Thorne. (Her rooms are on view in the Chicago Art Museum, the Phoenix Museum of Art and other places.) Because it didn't sell furnished, the proprietors removed the furniture and accessories and sold them off separately. One steamy summer afternoon, following a dental appointment right across the street, I wandered into the shop and learned, to my dismay, that everything had been sold! The salesperson brought out all that was left, a few odds and ends in a small cardboard box. The metal table caught my eye because it was the only piece of furniture; everything else was light fixtures, pilasters, columns, etc. "It came out of the kitchen," he explained, "but you can see the tray doesn't fit into the frame. That's the way we found it so I know it's original." And that's how I came to own something that once belonged to Mrs. Thorne. My next problem was figuring out how to use it. When the laird stepped out of the room to answer nature's call, his two playful pups, Jock and Somerled, tipped the tabletop, tossing his eye glasses and brandy snifter to the floor. The decanter will go next if he doesn't get back soon. The young lady in the silver frame on the mantelpiece is Lillie Langtry, famed English actress known for her beauty. She and his lordship carried on briefly until a member of the royal family stole her away. I wanted the Laird to be reading something spicy; finally settled on Casanova's "My Life", but was unable to find a copy here in the States. Special thanks to the talented Barbara Brear in South Africa, for creating a copy. Having told her the laird's story, she inscribed the book's flyleaf, "WIth Love Lillie"! In moments of melancholia his Lordship plays the clarinet. He is, of course, an avid fisherman, golfer and hunter. His days playing cricket are long gone, but he can't part with his favorite bat, while a basket of seashells and an elephant tusk are mementos of military days spent abroad. SUPPLIERS: Ashtray with cigar: Monkey Business Basket: Al Chandronnait Bellows: Unknown Boar's Head: Jan's Small World Boat model: Horchow's catalog Book: Barbara Brear Butler's Table: Narcissa Thorne Chair & ottoman: Fantastic Furniture Chinese vase: Unknown Clarinet: Island Crafts Coal scuttle and shovel: Island Crafts Cricket bat: Chris Lief Croquet set: Unknown Crystal decanter & brandy snifter: Ferenc Albert Deck of cards: Cottage Industries Dogs (2): Nivica Duck head cane: Dale Kendall Elephant tusk ('30s charm): Unknown Empire card table: Layne Halliday Eyeglasses: Unknown Fire box: Cir-kit Fire fender: Brooke Tucker Fishing creel and net: Pat Tyler Fishing waders: Sylvia Rountree Flooring: Houseworks Frame for medals: Farrow Industries Framed medals: Joan Wion Glass head cane: Brooks' Mini Crafts Gold head cane: Dale Kendall Golf bag & clubs: Sheila Seme Heriz Oriental rug: Collector's Miniature Rugs Horse head cane: Handcraft Designs Humidor & cigars: Buffalo Creek Man's Romeo slippers: Cheryl Kerfoot Mantle clock: Town Square Matches & brass holder: Unknown Music rack: Bespaq Pillow: Donna Foucault Seashells: Mrs. T's Tiny Treasure Silver frame: Unknown Silver tray: Geoffrey Bishop Spittoon: Clare-Bell Sporting prints: Bob von Vliss Telescope: Island Crafts Tray table: Narcissa Thorne Trophy fish: Unknown Umbrella stand: Brooks' Mini Crafts Winchester rifle: Island Crafts Wooden frames: Mrs. T's Tiny Treasures
Thorne Rooms at KMA, English Dining Room (detail)
Thorne Rooms at KMA, English Dining Room (detail)
English Dining Room, late 18th century All the furniture in this room was copied from 18th century Thomas Chippendale furniture in British museums. Chippendale, England’s most celebrated cabinet and furniture maker developed a style called chinoiserie based on imported Chinese luxury goods. Those goods included porcelain, silk, lacquered cabinets, and hand painted wallpapers entering England on British trading ships. Straight legs, pagoda tops, and fretwork trim as seen in the curio cabinet and hanging shelves characterized this style. During this period of intense trade with China, tea drinking became popular in England. Indian tea had been in England since the 17th century, but the importation of Chinese teacups and saucers popularized the art of tea in England. The Knoxville Museum of Art’s Thorne Rooms are among America’s most well-known miniature diorama groups. The Thorne Rooms were developed in the 1930s and 40s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne, Chicago, IL, who loved dollhouses as a child. After extensive travels in Europe where she collected miniature furniture and accessories, Mrs. Thorne had over two dozen miniature rooms created by cabinetmakers from her own drawings. They were made in a scale of one inch to one foot. She painted and stained woodwork, papered walls, and made textiles for the rooms. The rooms were displayed in several World’s Fairs. In 1933–1934 they were displayed at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition. In 1939 they traveled to San Francisco’s Golden Gate International Exposition, and in 1940 they were displayed at the New York World’s Fair. Later, Mrs. Thorne created 29 more rooms, copying Europe’s castles, museums, and historic homes. She commissioned architects to create historically accurate settings and had textiles and carpets made by the Needlework Guild of Chicago. The rooms, tracing English and French style 1500–1920, were exhibited in 1937 at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1942 Mrs. Thorne gave a third and final group of Thorne Rooms to the Art Institute. Those 37 rooms offered a view of American History, 1675–1940. In 1962, IBM, which had purchased 29 rooms, gave nine of the original Thorne Rooms to Knoxville’s Dulin Gallery of Art, this museum’s predecessor. Our rooms contain many of the miniature objects Mrs. Thorne collected during her youth and on her travels. The Knoxville Museum of Art is one of five museums in the country to have a collection of Thorne Rooms. The restoration of the Thorne Rooms has been made possible by the generous support of Sherri Lee, in honor of Mrs. McAfee Lee.

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