Made almost 300 years ago, the dolls’ house at Nostell is a marvel in miniature. Published to mark the opening of a permanent exhibition showcasing this astonishing survivor, this book features beautiful new photography of the house and its contents.
Commissioned by the Winn family around 1735, the dolls’ house at Nostell in West Yorkshire is arguably the best example of its kind, not least because of its detailed design and remarkable state of preservation. Comprising nine elegantly appointed rooms arranged across three storeys – and never intended to be a toy – it is an intricately crafted historic house in miniature, inhabited by owners, servants and pets. Each piece of furniture has been made with great precision, the meticulously carved doors have working locks, and the silver is hallmarked. The accuracy of these diminutive 18th-century interiors provides a rare window on the largely lost décors of grand houses of that time.
About the Author
Simon McCormack, MA, AMA is a National Trust Project Curator based at Nostell. He has been curating and interpreting 18th-century houses for almost 20 years.
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