Dolls' house wardrobe, 1712

Dolls' house wardrobe, England 1712 Museum no. W.36-1930

At first glance this object looks just like a doll's house. But it's much more unusual - it is in fact a wardrobe with pegs for cloaks, jackets and skirts; and drawers and shelves at the sides for other garments.

It would be the perfect hiding place during games of hide and seek: an emptied shelf compartment would make an ideal dolls' house room and, by shutting the doors and restoring its house 'disguise', it could be the centre of any number of imaginary adventures.

The wardrobe is made from oak and is painted a dark russet colour with details picked out in cream-coloured paint. It looks like Kew Palace, which dates from 1691.

It has two Dutch-style gables, and there is a detachable cupola on the roof. The doors at the front which open are lined with wallpaper patterned with stags and figures among trees.

The wardrobe was made by Edmund Joy in 1712 and is one of only two known to be made by him. He signed his name and the date on one end of it.

 

 

 

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