Doll's house and contents, wood / metal / ceramic / glass, made by Frans and Christina Bosdyk, Picton, New South Wales, Australia, 1997-2006
Dolls house constructed in two sections, attic level and main house level. The wooden doll's house and contents is made to 1/10 to 1/12 scale with 20 rooms and a working electrical system for lighting. The style of the building and rooms span a period from late nineteenth century to 1950 and have a Dutch character evident in the Delft tiles, the Vermeer reproductions and pictures of windmills hanging on the walls and the decorative silver and pewter ornaments. Each room is set up with furniture and effects with small dolls representing people going about their daily tasks. Each item of furniture contains perfectly scaled objects in drawers and cupboards that open. Many of the pieces are fixed in place. From the top left is the boys' bedroom, sewing room, boys' room, games room, grandma's room, upper landing 3rd floor, babies' room, maid's room, maid's living room, laundry, landing 2nd floor, bathroom, nursery, library, landing 1st floor, bedroom, kitchen, hallway, toilet and dining room. At each side are balconies and windows with shutters.The top attic has an angled glass roof which opens like a lid and the house stands on a base with legs and two drawers storing the electrical controls and spare components.
Frans Bosdyk signed the underside of many of the items of furniture with their completion date.