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DINGLEY HALL
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DINGLEY HALL\na painted wooden dolls' house of five bays and three storeys with roof balustrade, pediment with clock and finial, double steps with four bronze Gryphon on plinths, each bay with hinged door, the central section with oriel window above an Italianate balcony, above a 16th century style Flemish strap-work scroll, carved with intials L I C 1877, --113¾in. (289cm.) wide, 77¼in. (196cm.) high and 20in. (51cm.) deep (for condition report and full inventory please contact the department)\n\nTHE INTERIOR\n\nThe little red sitting room (AT)\nPainted pink with a dark blue felt carpet, furnishings include a Rock and Graner painted wood grain day bed, upholstered in original buttoned red silk with gilt and chenille braid; an unusual large scale Gothic eight piece set of Waltershausen drawing room furniture, upholstered in red ribbed paper 'leather', printed in gold; a Waltershausen buffet printed with landscapes; an early simulated rosewood wall clock; a painted tinplate fireplace with 'smoking fire', gilded soft metal decoration and firearms; four wood grain Waltershausen items; a quantity of milk glass jugs, cups and saucers, painted with pink rosebuds and green leaves; a lobster; gilt-metal ornaments; a bisque headed doll with moulded blonde hair in original 18th century style frock coat; and ten gilt framed pictures\n\nThe Drawing Room (AM)\nthe walls hung with maroon cloth the floor with dark blue felt carpet; furniture includes a rare set of white and gold Rock and Graner upholstered in red silk; a pair of unusual Waltershausen four-tier corner shelves and five other Waltershausen pieces including a side table with heraldic devices; a miniature model of a Royal Naval frigate; a pinperle doll dressed as a Zoave with moulded composition turban; gilt-metal items; china and glass including bisque ornaments and a Chamberlains Worcester cat on grass\n\nThe Kitchen (AB)\nThe cream paper with printed blue borders and fitted bell-board, containing a painted tinplate 'Ice-Box' and cupboard; five bisque headed servants including a page in 18th century-style costume and chef with jointed wood body; a large wood grain painted dresser; copper and tinplate cooking pans; a boot brush; wooden bottles; a bone coffee grinder; cat and mouse; a boars head and a silver cup\n\nThe Nursery (BT)\nThe deep red flock paper printed with a gold diaper pattern, the carpet of green cloth, with six all-bisque children jointed at shoulder and hip, moulded blonde curls and painted features, in original clothes, two all-bisque dolls' house dolls jointed at neck and shoulder with moulded brown and grey boots and elaborate original clothes; a soft metal sewing basket, canopied bed and music stand; a Waltershausen globe; a Rock and Graner yellow 'bentwood' rocking chair, half-tester bed and side chair; a bone sailing boat, a painted bone Pantin and cup and ball; a cheval mirror; tinplate fireplace and bath\n\nThe Study (BM)\nThe paper with yellow stripe and carpet of green cross stitch, with elaborate tinplate fireplace; a wood day bed with original blue silk hangings surmounted by an eagle; four chairs and footstool upholstered in blue silk; a wood grain book case containing six miniature Latin books; other miniature books; a gilt metal pier glass with H.W. Morrell's sticker; a quantity of gilt metal framed pictures; a carved bone firescreen of a hunter; a cross-stitched hearth rug embroidered 'L.C.'; flagons, bottles and glasses; and a pinperle man with original top hat, red tail cot, blue waistcoat and breeches with gilt paper bands\n\nThe Oriental Room (BB)\nHung with Japanese prints, the carpet of red, blue and green cross-stitch with a very rare soft-metal hanging lantern containing four lithophanes of children; seven pieces of Japanese furniture with painted decoration, one drawer raises the curtain of a shrine when opened; eight German bisque figures of Chinese acrobats; a South German carved bone cupboard containing vessels, a chess set, ink stand and hand screen; a gilt fish bowl and stand; and a pinperle officer\n(See back cover for lantern)\n\nThe Music Room (CT)\nPink paint to side walls with a Waltershausen working square piano, an extending stool, a chair, an extending table, a sofa and a chess table with stained bone pieces; three Avery chairs upholstered in velvet; a soft metal plant stand, a small table, a magazine rack, a fire screen and pictures; silver lustre lamp and flagons; a pair of clear glass six-light chandeliers; and two pinperle gentleman in original clothes\n\nThe Landing (CM)\nThe panelled walls and battoned ceiling with turned wood banisters; a large elaborate pink, blue, yellow and clear Murano glass chandelier; two carved ivory heads of Baccus; two velvet coloured sheilds, one with original miniature musical instruments, the other with arms and armour, both with shop labels from London and Paris; two pinperle military gentleman; a Westacre red lacquer longcase clock and a pair of late 17th century portrait miniatures of a lady, and gentleman on ivory, gilt-metal frame ovals, approx --3 5/8in. (9.2cm.)\n\nThe Hall (CB)\nPanelled, the central staircase carpeted in blue and flanked by doors, with elaborate soft-metal chairs, key cupboard, wall clock and corner shelves, the chairs and shelves brightly painted with tassels and cords; three varnished wood plant stands with original pots painted with flowers; a hall stand; four pieces of luggage including a travelling bath, two with Cremer labels; three pinperle men including a jockey; and a china headed doll wearing Alsatian costume\n\nThe Chapel (DT)\nPanelled back and sides, furnishings including turned oak pillars and blue carpet with alter; rare Waltershausen prie-Dieu; Florentine paintings of angels on gilt-wood; soft-metal mass toys; miniature books; hand embroidered vestments and alter clothes; three bisque-headed dolls wearing red and white livery; and other worshippers\n\nVisitor's Bedroom (DM)\nThe walls with striped green wallpaper, the carpet of mauve cross-stitch with a Rock and Graner cheval mirror; a table Lithophane; a set of pink upholstered drawing room furniture with gilt embossed paper decoration including piano, bookcase and day bed; soft metal firescreen, fire surround and letter holder; gilt metal framed prints and mirrors; and a clear glass four-light chandelier\n\nThe Cabinet Room (DB)\nThe walls with striped green wallpaper, the coloured crossed stitched carpet with key pattern border; furnishings include a rare set of large scale drawing room furniture, the backs upholstered with shell designs in green and pink brocade; a Waltershausen large scale break-front china cabinet containing a quantity of milk glass painted with flowers and a bonheur du jeur with soft-metal furniture; a six-light clear glass chandelier; a purple lustre decanter; a soft-metal magazine holder painted with a squirrel, belows and a fireplace; a pack of cards and gilt-metal framed pictures\n\nThe Pink Bedroom (ET)\nPapered in pink with blue cloth carpet; furnishings include a set of 'satinwood' bedroom furniture hung and upholstered in pink silk; an Avery work table; a soft-metal towel horse, firescreen, fire surround and hanging what-not; two of Mon. Simone photographs of dolls; a copper coal scuttle; a carved bone hand mirror; glass candlesticks; two pinperle puppets and bisque headed doll dressed in green satin\n\nThe Yellow Bedroom (EM)\nThe walls with yellow striped paper with two glazed windows hung with original blue silk curtains over gauze, the carpet with green and blue cross-stitch; furnishings include a part set of 'rosewood' bedroom furniture upholstered in pale blue silk with lace edging; a gilt-metal birdcage, lorgnettes, picture and mirror frames; an elaborate pier glass decorated with gilt paper; a pair of German bisque figures of an 18th century style couple; a clear glass six-light chandelier and a pinperle puppet\n\nThe Grand Salon (EB)\nThe walls with yellow striped paper and carpets with green and blue cross-stitch; furnishings include a set of unusual drawing room furniture, the shaped backs with pale blue buttoned silk, the serpentine fronts with ribbed gilt paper; a Walterhausen bureau, octagonal table with shaped sides, two bookcases and matching sofa tables; a German bisque Chinese couple; a paraffin lamp; a turned wood teaset on tray; soft metal fire screen and five pinperle figures
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notes

This remarkably large dolls' house survives with all it's original contents, giving a unique view of life in a grand 19th century household. Not only do the dolls show, albeit stylised, costumes and uniforms of the period, but many insignificant domestic objects survive as toys, which have been discarded in most homes. Rarely does such a complete house from this or any other period appear on the market.

Amongst the huge variety of furniture and chattels, virtually every item is rare and/or of an unusual large scale.

The shell of the house appears to be made from two mahogany book cases, with a diagonal join at the centre. It is possible that the panelled hall and staircase are a second generation addition as they have Lutyens influences. The chapel was also probably added at this time, although it was Caroline Louisa, the boys' mother, who was a Catholic.

title

DINGLEY HALL

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Painted pink with a dark blue felt carpet, furnishings include a Rock and Graner painted wood grain day bed, upholstered in original buttoned red silk with gilt and chenille braid; an unusual large scale Gothic eight piece set of Waltershausen drawing room furniture, upholstered in red ribbed paper 'leather', printed in gold; a Waltershausen buffet printed with landscapes; an early simulated rosewood wall clock; a painted tinplate fireplace with 'smoking fire', gilded soft metal decoration and firearms; four wood grain Waltershausen items; a quantity of milk glass jugs, cups and saucers, painted with pink rosebuds and green leaves; a lobster; gilt-metal ornaments; a bisque headed doll with moulded blonde hair in original 18th century style frock coat; and ten gilt framed pictures

notice

Please note that the text under Provenance should read 'In 1895 Laurence married Edith Finch.."

prelot

DOLLS' HOUSES AND CHATTELS

exhibited

Dingley Hall has been on view in London at The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood for the last years.

dimensions

The panelled walls and battoned ceiling with turned wood banisters; a large elaborate pink, blue, yellow and clear Murano glass chandelier; two carved ivory heads of Baccus; two velvet coloured sheilds, one with original miniature musical instruments, the other with arms and armour, both with shop labels from London and Paris; two pinperle military gentleman; a Westacre red lacquer longcase clock and a pair of late 17th century portrait miniatures of a lady, and gentleman on ivory, gilt-metal frame ovals, approx --3 5/8in. (9.2cm.)

literature

See English Dolls' House, Vivien Greene, pub. B.T. Batsford Ltd. Pages 206 and 215, figs. 140-143 for house and 50 and 53 for furniture. Dolls' Houses, Olivia Bristol and Leslie Geddes-Brown, pub. Mitchell-Beazley, page 107.

Antique Doll Collector, pub. Puffin Company, August 2003, Vol.6, No.7, pages 26 - 30.

provenance

The Curries were a banking family who lived at Minley Manor in Hampshire. Laurence was born in 1867, and his brother Issac a few years earlier. The house was built for the two boys during the 1870s. In 1895 Laurence married Edith Finds and had three children, Issac having died childless in his early 20s. The house was given to Laurence's daughter-in-law, Alexandra, who later arranged for its loan to Bethnal Green.


*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.

*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.


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