Top 20 Miniature Decorative Arts Design Classics for the Dolls House Part 2

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14 June 2011
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In this feature on iconic Arts & crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco design in miniature, we unveil ten items for your 1900's miniatures shopping list. ...
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The moderne lady resided in homes throughout the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods in statue form, carved into items of furniture and in artwork. During Art Nouveau she played the part of nymph and goddess, whilst the Art Deco period saw her depected as a neo-classical warrior and beauty. This beauty is cast in bronze, finished and signed by Neil Carter. Website:


By the late 1920's the family-run Saddier furniture business had made a name for itself in the Art Deco movement and was so popular that they were out-sourcing to other designers to stay ahead of the competition. Possibly the best known item, the Saddier dressing table combined the traditional dressing table with a stool combined in a sweeping Art Deco curve. This miniature version comes in 3 scales and is made by Masters Miniatures. Website:



With its high back, directional graining and lovingly turned spindles, the Arts & Crafts style rockingchair is a thing of beauty. This version is from Dijon. Website:


Tiles were big business in the Art Deco era and adorned floors, walls and even some items of furniture. The intricate designs which often contained optical illusions or trompe l'oeil effects continued the movement's characteristic clean lines and added an element of glamour with marble and other polished stone to complement Art Deco's magpie-like penchant for shiny, jewelled materials in home design. A lovely selection of tiled finishes and colourways are available from Traditional Elegance Tiles. Website:



To fit in with the changing mentality of home design, the traditional rug also had to change and it went through one of the biggest transformations in the Art Deco era. The highly coloured geometric moderne rug was a focal point in a room and made a style statement. This rug is made from Buttercup Miniatures' range of Art Deco rug kits. Website:


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King of the more formal branch of Art Nouveau style, Charles Rennie Mackintosh championed the tall and linear in all things, and the hall stand and mirror are no exception. This beautiful modern pecan hall table and mirror are available from Willowcat. Website:



Mirrors of all shapes and sizes filled Art Deco homes and were used to reflect the brilliance and modernity of the designs. No home would have been without its 'bling', and mirrors found their way onto dining table tops, consoles, and dressing tables, and were also lit using the first atmospheric home lighting. This mirrored console is available from the Dolls House Emporium. Website:


The sinuous, organic curves of Art Nouveau were embodied in the designs of Rene Lalique, particularly in his work with opalescent glass. These miniature versions have been hand glown by Glasscraft and are available in both clear, frosted and coloured glass. Website:



Taking inspiration from the blue of the sky and the green of plants, Arts & Crafts tile and pottery designer William de Morgan predominantly worked with these two colours. Plants, animals and fish were his favourite subjects and he used elements of Persian design to create his work. This effect is created in miniature using wall-tile paper from the Dolls House Emporium.


Bringing an element of the medieval to the 1900's home, architect Charles Voysey firmly adhered to the Arts & Crafts principles of the practicality of form and function. He shied away from the Victorian tradition of highly decorated, elaborate furnishing and avocated a simpler form of home decoration. This Voysey designed table and chairs are made in miniature by the renowned artisan Kim Selwood. Website:

This article was originally published in Dolls House and Miniature Scene magazine. If you've enjoyed reading this feature why not buy yourself a copy of the magazine, or better still why not take out a subscription so that you never miss an issue. For fans of Twitter or Facebook, you can now share this article with your friends by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page.

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