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Queen Mary's Dolls' House

The most famous and beautiful dolls' house in the world

Queen Mary's Dolls' House is the largest, most beautiful and most famous dolls' house in the world. Built between 1921 and 1924 for Queen Mary, consort of George V, by the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, it includes contributions from over 1,500 of the finest artists, craftsmen and manufacturers of the early twentieth century. From life below stairs to the high-society setting of the saloon and dining room, and from a library bursting with original works by the top literary names of the day, to a fully stocked wine cellar and a garden, created by Gertrude Jekyll, no detail was forgotten. The house even includes electricity, running hot and cold water and working lifts. Each room is fully furnished and waiting to be explored.

It is built to outlast us all. To carry on into the future and different world this pattern of our own. It is a serious attempt to express our age and to show forth in dwarf proportions the limbs of our present world.

A.C. Benson, The Book of the Queen's Dolls' House (1924)

 

Condition Checking Queen Mary's Dolls' House

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Planning the house

The house was the concept of Princess Marie Louise, cousin to King George V and childhood friend of Queen Mary

Royal Chambers

Each room is designed to meet the particular needs of the owner

Family Life

Rooms are filled with memorabilia of childhood and family life

Saloon and Dining Room

These rooms were laid out to allow entertaining on a grand scale

Library

170 authors of the day supplied works for the Library

Prints and Paintings

The Dolls' House features over 750 works of art donated by artists

Staff Rooms and Essentials

Living quarters were important to keep staff following World War One

Garden and Garage

The garage stores a fleet of motor cars and garden is perfectly manicured

Cellar, Kitchen and Pantry

Every domestic need is catered for