Doll's house and contents, wood / metal / cotton / plastic, doll's house maker unknown, possibly Australia, 1942-1947
The doll's house is a fully-furnished, two-storey, five-room, timber building, in the architectural style known as Inter-War Old English. This style was commonly used for full-size domestic and commercial buildings in Australia from about 1915 until 1940, but especially in the 1930s, when Australia had strong nostalgic ties to England. It has a cream-painted asymmetrical exterior with three gables which are decorated in imitation half timbering. The windows are painted to resemble leadlight glazing and the surrounding timber work, front door and double garage door are finished in green with red highlights. The walls are painted with climbing plants while a pair of sectioned and painted pinecones provide an interpretation of a garden against one wall. Access to the doll's house is via two hinged doors on the front facade. Inside, the windows are fitted with white filet lace curtains. The doll's house sits on a green painted-base with a red painted driveway.
The doll's house is constructed on the classic one room deep pattern. The furnished rooms comprise a dining room, kitchen, lounge room, bathroom and bedroom, each with a small electric light fitting/globe attached to the ceiling.The three rooms on the top floor, dining room, kitchen and lounge room all connect with archways and the stairwell in the bedroom on the lower floor lead up to the lounge room. The dining room has a stained-timber sideboard, chairs, table and drinks trolley. The kitchen features a cream-painted timber table, chairs, dresser, sink, ice chest and cast-iron gas stove. The lounge room is fitted with a combination bookcase and desk, grandfather clock, open fireplace with metal fittings, wireless and two 1930s-style lounge chairs. The bathroom has a white 1930s-style hand basin, bath and toilet, as well as a plastic baby's potty chair. The bedroom furniture features a pale green-painted timber dressing table, large cupboard and bed, together with a china doll, plastic pram and suitcase. The house also has a number of accessories including lamps, doilies, bowls, a clock, jewellery box and a small plastic cat.
The base of some furniture is stamped, see part records for details.