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Exclusive Queen’s Dolls’ House Collection – news update!

March 27th, 2012

The Dolls House Emporium has been given an exclusive licence to reproduce an authentic collection from The Queen’s Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle.

Working with the Royal Collection, the company is crafting miniature furniture, accessories, decor and architecture, authentically reproducing those in the crème de la crème of dolls’ houses, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Queen Mary in 1924.

The Queen's Dolls' House diorama from The Dolls House Emporium

The Dolls’ House Emporium was given access to Royal Collection photography of the Dolls’ House to ensure the new products would be perfect replicas.

The items were specially chosen and carefully made to look just like the real thing.

The first selection includes reproductions from ‘The Queen’s Bedroom’ – from the unique décor to the finely upholstered furniture and decorative ornaments and plants. You can see the full range from The Queen’s Bedroom at www.dollshouse.com

Managing director Jackie Lee said: “It really is a privilege to be able to replicate some of the beautiful items that feature in The Queen’s Dolls’ House.

“This house is a perfect representation of a Royal household at the beginning of the 20th Century, albeit on a small scale!

“The attention to detail is extraordinary. From the collective works of Shakespeare and Dickens in the Library, to the 1:12 scale pea to be placed under the mattress in the Princess Royal’s room.

“Our aim is to remain true to the original designs, create pieces to reflect their quality, and make them available to everyone. We are inviting people to have their own exquisite little piece of history.”

Available from April, the reproductions include a finely-crafted roll-top walnut writing desk, the exquisite Queen Anne four-poster bed, an Aubusson carpet, a dressing table with beauty accessories and much more.

The original house was built after Princess Marie Louise, first cousin to King George V, noticed Queen Mary’s growing passion for all things miniature in the early 1920s.

She approached her friend, architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, with the idea of creating an entire house for the Queen, complete with a collection of exquisite furniture and accessories.

Sir Edwin immediately agreed to the idea, and saw it as the perfect way to promote top designers and craftsmen who were struggling for work after the war.

To secure the fabulous furnishings, the Princess contacted leading craftsmen, artists and writers, asking if they would be willing to supply items for the house.

The Queen’s Dolls’ House – a completely original design – is 8ft 5ins wide, 4ft 8ins deep and 5ft high.

The grandfather clock in the entrance hall is one of seven clocks and two barometers donated by the London and Paris workshops of Cartier, while the kitchen includes crockery from Minton, Doulton and Wedgewood.

There is a working His Master’s Voice gramophone in the nursery and even a handwritten book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the library. In the cellar are hand-blown bottles of real vintage port, wine and champagne.

And outside, the garage comes complete with a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, Sunbeam Open Tourer, Lancaster limousine, Daimler limousine and a Daimler Station Bus. The garden opens up as a drawer is pulled out from beneath the house itself.

The Queen's Bedroom - the real thing at Windsor Castle

The Queen's Bedroom - the real thing at Windsor Castle

The Royal Collection, one of the world’s greatest art collections, is held in trust by The Queen for her successors and the nation. The Collection is administered by the Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of the Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection and the promotion of public access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities. For more information visit www.royalcollection.org.uk


3 Comments to “Exclusive Queen’s Dolls’ House Collection – news update!”

  1. i have been in love with this dollhouse for about 20 years and have been planning to try and get some pieces as close as possible to my fav items in the house. i would have liked the wardrobe and curio cabinet also. although still really good the bed canopy is not quite the same as well as dressing table colour and wooden curtaining

  2. i have studied the features of the furniture in this dollhouse for many years down to the nitty gritty so i can plan as close as i can. my fav room being the kings bathroom. i even have a strong room in my house

  3. Lynn James Says:

    Congratulations on the honour of being granted a licence to produce The Queen’s Dolls’ House Collection.
    The special pull-out keepsake in the middle of the news letter is really exciting.

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