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Debbie S
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Hi everyone, I have a dolls house made by George Parker of Elphin Designs and some Art Deco furniture made by Matthew Damper.  I can't find anything about either of these two artists and wonder if anyone on the forum can tell me about them?

July 16, 2015 at 3:36 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Rebecca Green
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I'm away from home at the moment, sorry - I'll check when I get back. Hopefully someone else will know something!
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July 16, 2015 at 6:42 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Zoe H
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I've not come across these artisans myself, Debbie but my Googling on Matthew Damper brought up a mention of him by Mulvany & Rogers who used his furniture in a project and also by Colin Bird who recommended his [now seemingly defunct] website. If you don't get any other informpation or leads, these are people you could probably contact to ask about him.


This 2010 blog talks about George Parker of Elphin Designs having a canal-side workshop in Hebden Bridge:


http://mooredgemanor.blogspot.co.uk/2010_06_01_archive.html

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July 16, 2015 at 6:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Zoe H
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Also this comes ip if you Google GP:

 

"Dollshouse www.dollshouse.tv UK'S TOP-SELLING MINIATURES ...

www.dollshouseworld.com/imag/issue201/data/search.xml

We also have the story of a beautiful palace from Italy and ideas for the perfect ... We talk to George Parker from Elphin Dollshouses PROJECTS Wedding gifts ..."

The link doesn't work but it suggests there was an article about him in issue 201 of DHW.


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July 16, 2015 at 6:59 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Violet
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I have an Art Deco made by George Parker, also a copy of the article Zoe mentions.  Will hunt it out for you, Debbie.  My mate, Sue, and I had one each made and George delivered them.  Really nice guy.  Will be able to tell more about him when I find the file with all the info as I keep all correspondence we had about the purchases.  As Julie knows it could take a while but I always find what I'm looking for in the end, tee hee!  

July 17, 2015 at 3:13 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Debbie S
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Thank you Violet and Zoe, appreciate all the help and the links.  :)

July 17, 2015 at 2:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Debbie S
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Hey Zoe, I've just looked at the link you posted for George Parker.  There's one of these houses for sale on ebay at the moment - spooky.

July 17, 2015 at 2:03 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Zoe H
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Debbie S at July 17, 2015 at 2:03 PM

Hey Zoe, I've just looked at the link you posted for George Parker.  There's one of these houses for sale on ebay at the moment - spooky.

Oh yes, I've seen it but hadn't made the connection! It's a lovely house.

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July 17, 2015 at 4:08 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Rebecca Green
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Isobel Hockey has kindly emailed after checking her resources. She says, "Both of these are listed in 'The british Dolls House Hobby Directory' published in 1993 by the London Dolls' House festival. Matthew Damper under his own name, address 188 Charles Avenue, Chichester, Sussex. 'Classic and unusual pieces made to order in any wood to any scale'. George Parker listed as 'James Parker Crafts' 3 Blenheim st., Hebden Bridge, West Yorks. Front and back opening houses on rotating bases e.g Bronte Parsonage and 1930s 'Sunnyside'. Victorian shops. Plans. commissions. I then spent an enjoyable time flicking through IDHNs and found two articles on George' s houses. Vol 22 no 1 Spring 1993 The parsonage Dolls' House. Vol 22 no 3 Autumn Page 51 'Sunnyside' - the Interwars house. Didn't find anything on Matthew Damper but I remember his name." Thank you, Isobel!
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July 18, 2015 at 4:49 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Debbie S
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Wow thanks Isobel and Rebecca, how fab you found out all that for me. :)

July 18, 2015 at 11:05 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Rebecca Green
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I tried to post this yesterday, but it kept timing out - better luck today, I hope!

I'm now home after a brief holiday in cold (and snowy!!) New South Wales, and have checked my own British dolls house directories, from 1995/1996 - 2000/2001. In 1995, Matthew Damper was still at the address Isobel Hockey found in the 1993 directory, but by 1996 he had moved to 13 Lewis Road, Chichester, Sussex, PO19 4LZ, phone (01243) 780132. He's still there, although the BT telephone directory now gives the postcode as PO19 7LZ.

Over the years, he listed his work as "Handcrafted furniture in styles ranging from classic to contemporary, including art deco. Commissions undertaken", "Furniture in a wide variety of classic and unusual styles including Art Deco, William Morris, arts and crafts. 1:24 available", and "Wide variety of traditional and unusual styles of furniture in 1:12 and 1:24. Commissions undertaken." He had a catalogue available, too.

 

The first listing I've found for Elphin Homes is in the 1990 directory, when he was at 9 Royd Terrace, Hebden Bridge West Yorks HX7 7BT. 0422 844012. In the 1999/2000 directory, he was at the address Isobel found in the 1993 directory.

Overthe years, he advertised Tudor, Queen Anne, Georgian, Victorian, Regency, arts and crafts, inter-war and 1930s houses, shops, kits and plans, and specific models The Bronte Parsonage, C R Mackintosh, The Lodge, Interwar Semi, as well as corner shops, country cottages and house with yard, etc.

 

Would love to see your houses, Debbie and Violet (and Violet's friend Sue!) - in the photo gallery or a magazine article!


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July 24, 2015 at 8:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Debbie S
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Hi Rebecca, thank you for all the information, I will see where it takes me.  My Art Deco department store is sort of finished (that is, the main floors are done but there will always be adding in new stock etc) - I could do an article on that for the next magazine which is probably September?

August 5, 2015 at 5:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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