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Thinking Small Can Bring Big Rewards

September 14th, 2011

To most of us building dolls’ houses is an engrossing hobby but to British couple Kevin Mulvany and Susie Rogers it’s an enterprising business.  For over 25 years, they have built an impressive reputation for their one-twelfth scale recreations of stately homes and castles as well as special commissions such as their remarkable ‘Chateau Antoinette’ which was made for a Californian collector.

With a five-figure price tag, Chateau Antoinette incorporates aspects of the Versailles Palace and Fontainebleu to create a house fit for Marie Antoinette, the wife of the French king, Louis XVI, who was put to death in the French Revolution.

Standing 42 inches high, 67 inches wide and 20 inches deep, the chateau features chandeliers made from real crystal, a dining table made from mahogany, sterling silver cutlery and 22 carat gold leaf decorative gilt on many of the walls.  Given that Marie Antoinette is best remembered for saying “Let them eat cake”, there is sadly no cake included in the fantastically detailed interiors.

‘Chateau Antoinette’ was featured in the Daily Mail last year.



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