1840/1850s Doll House

An early painted wooden Irish three storey Dolls Town House, Ireland 1840s/50s, the whole exterior painted in large sandstone brick effect with painted black pitched roof with two attic windows and three chimneys, heavily panelled central front door with brass knocker, keyhole and with fanlight above, eight glazed windows to façade with a further three to each side and six to rear, sliding front to 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 (missing foot) 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 (lacks one foot), 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 (missing one lower portion of leg), attic Bedroom 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 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, (condition: lovely original finish to exterior, few age cracks and minor loss to window sills, doorway lacks surround and door is loose, interior generally good)

Provenance: 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 went on sale in late 2022 at C & T Auctions, where it was purchased for the Museum of Childhood Ireland.