Monday, November 24, 2008

Modern Miniatures on Monday: The French Connection

Last Monday I received an email out of the blue from Beatrice in France. She said (to be read in a lovely french accent):

"I was searching for old dolls houses on the web, when I found your website. I have looked at all your dolls houses, they are really very interesting. I have been surprised by one of them: the Irwin Interior Decorator Set , which was produced in the USA for Christmas 1964. We have had, in France, something very similar in 1968. I did not know the american one, it's the first time I see one.

If you want to see the french version of this concept, I invite you to visit my web site, I've made a diaporama of mine: http://b.dassonville.free.fr/lamaisondecathy/index.html Our one is now very difficult to find, and has become very expensive, because of the furniture, which had been designed by Knoll designers."

Knoll?! I clicked the link immediately:
Beatrice says the house is "1/8th or 1/9th scale. The little doll is 19cm tall (7,5 inches)" but I suspect it's the standard European 1/10th scale, same as Bodo Hennig.Thank you, Beatrice, for letting me share this treasure!

(All photos courtesy of Beatrice)

4 comments:

Taphophile said...

*le sigh*

Modern MC said...

Ohh! This is fabulous. I wish, I wish!!

kesha said...

Marc baudin was sailing in the Atlantic in 1982, when he heard that his sister brigette had married a scion from Amer near Jaipur. Brigette, now brigette Singh, is a pioneering designer working with rajasthani craftsmen, while Marc has gone on to become a pioneer in the production of contemporary post modern miniature works from Rajasthan.
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vwong said...

I LOVE THESE ... I want, I want, I want ... but probably won't be able to afford them even if I find them.