The doll house was placed in storage in Belfast in the 1930s by a family from Fintona, County Tyrone, before being sold by Christie’s, London, in October 2004, and again at C & T Auctions, Kent in 2022, where it was purchased by Mr David Boles and donated to the Museum of Childhood Ireland.
An early painted wooden Irish three storey Dolls Town House, Ireland 1840s/50s, the exterior is painted in large sandstone brick effect with painted black pitched roof with two attic windows and three chimneys, a heavily panelled central front door with brass knocker, keyhole, and with fanlight above, eight glazed windows to the façade, with a further three to each side and six to rear, a sliding front reveals interior of six rooms and hallway, heavy moulded panel interior dummy doors on all levels. Kitchen with paper tiled floor, patterned paper and chalk white walls, built in painted fireplace and wooden shelving.
Furniture includes wooden kitchen table, bamboo chairs, scales, china ware, glazed china doll and more. Parlour with paper wooden floor and red patterned paper walls, including Waltershausen* sowing table and bureau, red silk chaise lounge, three chairs and a parian doll, large Dining room with patterned papered walls and original red velvet drapes, a good larger size set of Rock & Graner** furniture including settee and four balloon back dining chairs all with painted red upholstery and rare oval dining table with tripod legs with heavy flower and grape design, gilt candelabra and rare wax jack, built in fireplace with tinplate grate, various pictures, mirror and china head doll, Salon with patterned green wall papers, Rock & Graner settee and armchair with painted red upholstery and shaped oval centre table, built in fireplace with tinplate grate, clock and more, china head doll, attic Bedroom number one with papered walls and embossed tinplate fireplace, Rock & Graner bed and side table with hinged lid opening to sowing utensils on barley twist legs, upholstered settee and china doll, attic Bedroom number two with papered walls, embossed tinplate fireplace, wood effect tallboy and glazed cabinet together with a shaving mirror, tinplate horse and carriage and more.
51” (130cm) tall, 41” (105cm) wide, 23” (59cm) deep