Dolls' Houses Past & Present

A website and ezine about dolls' houses: antique, vintage and modern. Plus furniture and accessories.

A Mackintosh Cabinet by Janet Mansbridge

This project was inspired by the early dolls’ houses, which were really pieces of furniture – cabinets designed to showcase miniature collections.  It is an ideal way to display my collection of pieces in the Mackintosh style, most of which I was lucky enough to acquire relatively cheaply from The Doll’s House Emporium when they were discontinued some years back.  This furniture is beautifully designed and finished and is now quite sought after.        


In addition, there is a cot from the ‘Art Nouveau’ range from Bodo Hennig (also discontinued), an antique piano and some chairs and a fire surround handmade by Paul at ‘Little Pieces’.

This ‘house’ represents the Glasgow home of the architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and his wife, Margaret MacDonald, an artist in her own right.  It is 1911 and Charles is at the peak of his career.  Through the study window there is a view of the Glasgow School of Art which was designed by him.

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