Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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Reply Zoe H
6:32 AM on December 24, 2014 
Hi Barbara, I wanted to ask you exactly the same question as Jilly2 below. I'm beginning to turn my thoughts towards restoration of the blue roof I acquired earlier in the year. I can see it has lovely litho papers under the paint but I have no idea how to remove the paint without damaging the paper. You clearly did a brilliant job with your Gotschalk, (which I've just viewed for the umpteenth time!) and any advice you could give me would be very much appreciated. All best, Zoe
Reply Jilly2
2:50 PM on June 15, 2013 
Hi Barbara, I was thrilled to find the pictures of your Gottschalk Blue Roof as I have just acquired the same model of house, but in a somewhat worse condition and am feeling rather daunted at the task in hand. Mine house has also been over painted in parts so please tell me how you managed to strip yours back so successfully without ruining the lithograph paper underneath ? You have done a fantastic job and the house looks really wonderful now !
Best wishes, Jilly2
Reply Joan
4:43 PM on September 24, 2012 
Where have your for sale photos gone??? I keep going back but they aren't showing up!
Reply mdvanii
3:26 PM on April 22, 2012 
Hello Barbara,

Thank you for such a nice message.

I love doll's houses of all kinds and eras but I am passioned notably by two distinctly different things,...the most antique and the most modernist.

I have difficulties finding those who love the super old houses now because, since the old generation of F.Gill Jacobs, and V.Greene are sort of gone,...(I knew Mrs Greene well)...they seemed not to have passed on their passion for the very historic....Its quite normal that younger people like younger eras,...and that many love their own childhood era, as I do myself,...but where are the ones into Caughley porcelain of the 1780s and Georgian (real) doll's houses etc etc etc.??...yoooo hoooo I know you must be oooout there!

Fortunately Modernist houses are very much a subject many more people follow and I gladly would like to chat about these as well....

All the best,

Reply MikoBrighton
3:16 AM on September 10, 2011 
Thanks for your comment Barbara. Ive posted some photos in the gallery and a posting under restoration. You have a photo of a german house on the site which we love the way you have styled it with a milk bottle ect. Good wishes Michael
Reply Joan
2:09 PM on June 7, 2011 
Hi Barbara,nice to see some photos!!! Remember the days when hardly anyone used to comment and we felt like a "mutual admiration society" ????
Reply Joan
1:30 PM on September 15, 2010 
Hi Barbara,I'm back!!! Your posting about "The Nook" started quite a conversation !!
Reply Sally-Ann
1:11 PM on April 20, 2010 
Thanks for the comments Barbara, i have to admit that it's quite satisfying as it has taken me over a year to master the art of sculpting on this scale. I have a lot of "pixie" looking people and my husband can be a hard critic and has not been complementry on my ladies, so to hear you say they are pretty is just great. Thanks .
Reply Joan
12:28 PM on March 28, 2010 
Hi Barbara,great idea about the new album.I have entered into the spirit of it and added a few pics to the album ( can't compete with you though! )
Reply Joan
4:26 PM on March 16, 2010 
Hi Barbara,did you get my list?It has grown since yesterday.I just scanned in a photo of the real Alice Villa next to mine!
Reply Sally-Ann
5:02 AM on March 10, 2010 
Thanks Barbara, I'm frantically making dolls at the moment for a show I'm doing next month will post them all when there finished. Retro antique and some bendy ones, all to 11/2, 11/6, 1/24 scale. more cats too.
Reply Joan
5:24 AM on March 3, 2010 
Thanks for all your lovely comments.I have a real soft spot for Alice Villa.I'm very proud of it.Ihave a picture of the original standing next to mine somewhere.I should scan it in.
I've had a quick look at your article,I'll print it off later.