09 September 2011
The Great British Dolls House Competition held at the Kensington Dollshouse Festival in May had over 60 entries. The competition was fierce, and after a shortlist was drawn up the finalists were selected. Here we take a peek into the winning doll house of Val Urquhart. ...
Val Urquhart lives with her husband just outside Bristol in a beautiful home surrounded by open countryside. Her interest in miniatures goes back to childhoood, when she had a lovely dolls house built by her father, and which she furnished with her mother's dolls house pieces.
That childhood house is now long gone, yet Val did manage to salvage her mother's furniture and accessories, and it was only after her own family had grown and flown, that she started looking for a dolls house in which to house them. Val visited fairs, shops and auctions, but couldn't find the house she was looking for, so she asked her brother, Anthony Fry, to make this amazing house for her.
The Mahogany House is incredibly large, standing at least six feet from the floor to the finials on the roof. A magnificent example made from beautifully French polished reclaimed mahogany with working sash windows, and standing on an elegantly legged plinth. The house has been based loosely on the 1735 'Chippendale' dolls house at Nostell Priory in Yorkshire (National Trust).
The Chippendale House at Nostell Priory and The Mahogany House of Val Urquhart side by side
Val wanted the dolls house to house the items that belonged to her mother as a child in Germany in the 1920's. Also included are a nuber of bought items and several homemade pieces. This is an ongoing process, as each fair she visits results in another delightful object or two being added to the interior decor.
Now, let us take a visual tour through this wonderful dolls house.
The Pink Bedroom & The Blue Bedroom on the top floor
The Study and the Drawing Room on the 1st Floor
The Dining Room and the magnificent panelled Hallway on the ground floor
A few of the many miniatures Val inherited from her mother
The house was made by Anthony Fry of Period Dolls Houses. Email: [email protected] (you will have to copy and paste this into your email address line). A feature on the maker Anthony Fry is available to read on our website.
This feature was originally published in Dolls House and Miniature Scene magazine issue 208. If you enjoy reading about miniatures and dolls houses, why not buy yourself a copy of the magazine, or better still take out a subscription so you never miss an exciting issue. For fans of Facebook and Twitter, please use the buttons at the top of this feature to share it with your mini loving friends.