The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

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A History of The Victorian Dolls’ House: Living Large in a Small Home

December 16, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 6:30 pm

This lecture on the history of antique dolls’ houses and miniatures will follow the fascination of the small as a part of Victorian life from a candy container miniature or a fairing, to a small box of miniature toys a child might have to a large grand dolls’ house. We will see a doll pantry, doll kitchens, dolls’ houses large and small and different scales. We will explore the contents of each room of the Victorian dolls’ house both upstairs and downstairs and the inhabitants, including their pets covering the early Victorian period and end just touching briefly on the beginning of the Edwardian era with mention of World War I.

Eliza de Sola Mendes is an Independent Decorative Arts Scholar from NYC who has worked in museums in the US and abroad as a curator and registrar as well as in auction houses. Her specialty is antique dolls’ houses and miniatures.

Reception and doors 6:15 p.m.
Lecture 6:30 p.m.

This year we are requesting a $5 donation for members and $10 donation for non-members. The donation helps to cover our costs of each lecture as well as continues to allow us to provide lectures, tours and awareness of the Victorian Era in New York’s metropolitan area.

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December 16, 2019
6:15 pm - 6:30 pm


Svenska Kyrkan
5 East 48th Street
New York, NY 10017
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