251: Silber and Fleming Vintage Dollhouse
A striking regency era ,circa 1830-40, English dollhouse by Silber and Fleming.This 2 story box back type dollhouse slides perfectly and snuggly into place on a dark wooden base fitted with casters. It has an imposing portico with pediment and marbleized columns. The front door is embellished with a brass lion head and ring door knocker and glass transom above. There are eight glazed front windows with hand painted mullions and keystones. The façade is painted a creamy white with an overall brick pattern. Substantial wood quoins define the corners. A green pediment on the roof matches the shape of the pediment on the front portico. Original bale handles are still attached to both sides. Markings on the base suggest that a railing of some kind once extended across the front. Marbelizing on the front portico may not be original. The interior of the dollhouse is divided into four rooms and a first floor hallway with stairs. Consistent with English houses of the times, each room has a fireplace centered on the back wall. Three of the fireplace inserts, including the largest one in the kitchen, are by Evans and Cartwright. The house is papered throughout. The wallpaper of the kitchen, the hallway and at least one additional room appear to be original. Wallpapers in the other rooms, while old, are not original. Remnants of the older wallpaper can be seen in places. Condition of the wallpaper varies by room. There are some tears, some paper loss and discoloration consistent with the age of the dollhouse. The floors are either painted (original) or cloth covered (very old, likely original). The stairs appear to have their original carpet runner. The front windows have elaborate curtains made from Stripped or solid silk, lace and fringe. The curtains are intact but in need of cleaning. Accessories remaining in the dollhouse kitchen include an open cupboard, platerack, some crockery and a rug. The dollhouse measures 30" high, 29 ¾ inches wide and 16 5/8 " deep.