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Auction of rare dolls’ houses and miniature accessories

20 April 2014

An auction of more than 600 miniature lots is taking place with collectors’ items available at all prices.

The personal collection of the founder of the revered Washington Dolls’ House & Toy Museum, Flora Gill Jacobs (1918-2006) which was displayed in her own home, is going under the hammer over the next couple of days.

The museum attracted 20,000 visitors annually and hosted breathtaking displays of miniature residences.

Each was painstakingly decorated with luxury furnishings and tiny accessories.

The museum collection was sold in 2004 but collectors will have the opportunity to bid on the remaining items.

Some 25 major dolls’ houses and buildings will be sold, plus 35 to 40 fully outfitted antique kitchens, shops and room boxes.

Highlights include a charming German Toy Stall, which depicts a street stall with lockable fold-up doors which comes with nearly 70 early wares, including musical instruments, tenpins, chess boards, a boy on a hobby horse, papooses in cradleboards, fruit and other foods; plus topiary trees and a painted-wood lady shopkeeper. It is valued at up to $9,000!

Auctioneer Noel Barrett told artfixdaily.com: “While there are some wonderful houses in this sale, a lot of the collection’s strength lies in the rare miniatures of the type seldom available for purchase.”
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