Lot 200
  • 200

A large George II mahogany Palladian 'baby' house, mid-18th century

6,000 - 9,000 GBP
37,500 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Mahogany and mixed media
in two parts, with three hinged panels to the rusticated front, including a balustraded gallery to the room and hinged front door, opening to reveal a suite of nine rooms, the central bay with incised panelling and each room with an early Georgian style fireplace, raised on a box base with turned feet


By repute;
London, Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood;
London, Grosvenor House Antiques Fair

Catalogue Note

This house is supposedly modeled on an actual house in Richmond, Middlesex though the specific building has not been identified. In the first half of the 18th century such houses were thought to have been based on architect's designs as opposed to the generic models that appeared later in the century. They were not designed as dolls houses for the use of children, as is demonstrated by the high quality and locks to the doors, but were rather a fascination and curiosity for adults. Indeed many of the most interesting examples are based of specific celebrated houses, for example the model of Nostell Priory which is illustrated in V. Green, English Dolls' Houses of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, London, 1979, figs. 75 and 76 and the model of Newbridge, Co. Dublin, illustrated by the Knight of Glin and James Peill, Irish Furniture, Yale, 2007, p. 253, fig. 197.