INSIDE THE WORLD OF MINIATURES AND DOLLHOUSES by Bernard & Jay Beckerman Rosner

INSIDE THE WORLD OF MINIATURES AND DOLLHOUSES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two books for dollhouse aficionados, one for creating interiors, the other for building and collecting. For the nimble-fingered enthusiast, McElroy's directions are precise and imaginative. She includes such ingenious accessories as postage stamp paintings, matchbox chests of drawers, push pin candlesticks, and potato block print wallpapers. Besides listing tools and supplies needed (and appending sources), she suggests finely detailed techniques for working in miniature and stepby-step instructions for dolls with movable joints, tilt-top tables, upholstering, etc. The Rosner-Beckerman effort is less exciting in its conception and historical in its approach. The authors include photographs of famous dollhouses and their furnishings, discuss scale and style in formal terms, direct the reader interested in buying modern and antique miniatures, and profile talented craftspeople--E. J. Kupjack, the Hoffmans, Harry W. Smith among others. They also provide carefully prepared instructions for building several dollhouses--the frames, rooms, even a lighting system. Of the two, the Rosner-Beckerman book probably has the larger outreach, but the McElroy work has panache.

Pub Date: Dec. 13th, 1976
Publisher: McKay