Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House

Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House is a dollhouse built in the early 1920s, completed in 1924, for Queen Mary, the wife of King George V. Miniature toy palace designed by Lutyens, with detailed furniture, working lifts and running water.

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)

 

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