Saturday, March 05, 2016

A miniature at the museum

Yesterday afternoon I visited my old friend Canberra Museum and Gallery to attend their panel discussion: 2013-2113 – the next great 100 Canberra Houses. I made sure to arrive early as I'd heard rumour that they had a dolls' house on display.

And what a beauty it was!
1930s vintage dolls' house bungalow on display in a museum gallery.
 The signage says that it was made by Pennock Miller in the 1930s.
1930s vintage dolls' house bungalow on display in a museum gallery, showing the front and side.
Based on the small amount of googling I've done, it seems that he lived in Ainslie and possibly made a miniature reproduction of the family home.
1930s vintage dolls' house bungalow on display in a museum gallery, showing the side.
I was so very tempted to lift the side flap for a peek inside, but instead just took a couple of photos through the doors and windows using my flash and then contacted the gallery to if they would show me the inside...

This is the view through the front door,
Inside view of a 1930s vintage dolls' house bungalow through the front door.
the front window,
Inside view of a 1930s vintage dolls' house bungalow showing a red brick corner fireplace and dark wooden beading.
and the back door.

Inside view of a 1930s vintage dolls' house bungalow through the back door, showing the kitchen.
 In a nearby display case is a display of some of the furniture from the house, also made by Pennock Miller:

A typical 1930s lounge suite and table
Vintage dolls' house 1930s three-piece lounge suite and coffee table, in a display cabinet in a museum gallery.
 and a wardrobe and single bed with bedding.
Vintage dolls' house 1930s wardrobe and single bed with bedding, in a display cabinet in a museum gallery.
I'll let you know if I can manage to get access to the inside, and share any more information I find out about the house...

4 comments :

Rebecca said...

Oh, that is FANTASTIC! Wonderful, gorgeous - and how great that it's in this museum. I do hope that you manage to see the inside. I will have to get to Canberra again to see it too!

The Shopping Sherpa said...

The exhibition finishes on March 24... but I believe Wendy will be selling at the Canberra Show, if that's an excuse to get here before then... ;-)

Rebecca said...

Oh :-( Don't know if I can - will see. I couldn't get to the Canberra Show, unfortunately - but maybe on the last day of the exhibition .... Is the house part of the museum's collections, or is it on loan, do you know? And if it's on loan, who does it belong to?

The Shopping Sherpa said...

It's on loan from a Toni Phillips...