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In pictures: at home in a doll's house

Twelve unique dolls’ houses will be throwing open their doors and drawing back their curtains at the V&A Museum of Childhood in December, to reveal the tiny delights contained within their four walls. The houses, which were created between the 18th and 21st centuries, offer a miniature snapshot of the history of the home and changing family relationships over the past 300 years, as well as developments in architecture and design. Here, we bring you some of the highlights

Published: November 10, 2014 at 7:33 am
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Kitchen of the Killer Cabinet Dolls’ House, c1830s


Tate Baby House, 1760
Thought to have been modelled on an 18th-century Dorset town house, this dolls' house could be taken apart in several sections so that the owner, usually a lady, could take it on her travels.

The Henriques Dolls' House, c1750-1800
Made in the 18th century, this house is a model of a typical Kensington or Belgravia town house. The front of the house has been carved to represent bricks.

A detail of the Hopkinson House living room, 1940s
The Hopkinson House is based on the houses of London County Council’s 1930s suburb, the St Helier Estate.

Bedroom from the Hopkinson House, 1940s
Some of the interiors of the Hopkinson House show a Second World War-era family in intricate detail, poised for an air-raid, with miniature gas masks, ration books and torches for the blackouts.

Whiteladies House, designed by artist Moray Thomas, 1930s
The house corresponds to the handful of Modernist country villas emerging in Hampstead at the time. The story centres on a house party and the house features chrome furniture, a cocktail bar and artworks by British Futurist Claude Flight, as well as a swimming pool and loggia. The dolls are made from pipe-cleaners.


Kaleidoscope House, designed by Laurie Simmons and architect Peter Wheelwright, 2001
Kaleidoscope House’s multicoloured translucent walls are filled with miniature replicas of Ron Arad, Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger furniture and artworks. It is home to a design conscious step-family living in the new millennium.


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