Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Question from Lisa - Building an authentic Tudor dollhouse

I'm starting to build a tudor dollhouse, and I have so many questions? I'm into making things look historically accurate, and this one is a 'country tudor' and can be found here

http://www.realgoodtoys.com/index.php?PATH=display.php&id=88&type=dollhouse

I think it's absolutely charming. instead of using shingles for the roof, I'm going to thatch it, and the timbers are going to be a darker brown (like the tar covered kind).

But how should I finish the walls on the inside? What kind of floor options do I have? How about the furnishings? Should the fireplace be made from brick or stone or just timbers? I'm probably going to have the fireplace cut out from the wall and then make it bump out into an added lean-to or closet or something of the likes. Is the inside of the house just the backside of wattle-and-daub or did they finish it? So many questions. And would someone in this house have a chamber pot, or just go outside in a covered hole in the ground? Anything would help! Thank you!

2 comments:

smehreen said...

Hi!
I am a big dollhouse fanatic. I myself haven't worked on any Tudor dollhouses yet, but I do have a blog that features dollhouses ...it is smehreen-dollhouse.blogspot.com where you may find photos or artists who can help you.
:)

Malcolm said...

In Tudor times the timbers would not have been tarred they were usually left untreated and faded to a silvery colour. Creosoting came much later (Victorian usually). Chimney inside would have been brick or stone not timber, probably brick. Interior walls would probably have been plastered although they could have been left with timbers and wattle and daub visible. I have some room boxes representing early cottages on my website - www.malcolmsminiatures.co.uk - with brick fireplaces, etc.