From simple one-room cottages to multilevel castles, dollhouses have
long been treasured by children and adults alike. In an ever-expanding
array of sizes and styles, they may be closely modeled on reality or
wildly whimsical. Few, however, approach the splendor of the royal
dollhouse on display at Windsor Castle. With running water,
electricity, two working elevators, and many other delights, there can
be no question that this is a dollhouse fit for a queen.
This lavishly illustrated volume offers a detailed history of the
creation, decoration, and furnishing of this extraordinary dollhouse.
Commissioned in the 1920s for Queen Mary and designed by renowned
architect Sir Edwin Luytens, the house is a perfect scale replica of an
Edwardian residence, complete in every detail. Its library boasts
original works by the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy,
and Edith Wharton. Its wine cellar is replete with tiny bottles
containing thimblefuls of real vintage wine. And, naturally, its tiny
residents eschew pink convertibles in favor of the fleet of elegant
Rolls Royce limousines housed in the miniature garage. These and
hundreds of other charming features are lovingly detailed in color,
with extensive use of material from the royal archives, detailing for
the first time the contributions of the artists, craftspeople, and
donors involved in its creation.
An imaginative tour of this smallest and grandest of aristocratic
residences, which receives thousands of full-sized visitors each year, The
Queen’s Dolls' House is full of surprises that will captivate toy
collectors, miniaturists, and fans of the royal family alike.
About The Author
Lucinda Lambton is a writer, photographer and broadcaster
well known for her much-loved books on architectural oddities.