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This photograph shows the interior of the Regency House as it appeared in the museum. The kitchen features an Evans & Cartwright washstand and a pretty set of treenware. All the furnishings pictured in the house will be sold, including a rare ormolu squirrel cage that will likely be an object of fierce desire come November.

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The delicacy of the window balconies along the façade of the Spanish Duplex House are echoed in the sublime paint colors that decorate this large house. The imposing double front doors are crafted with care and feature elegantly grained rosewood panels. Each of the façade’s sections slide on runners in the base and are easily removed for access to the interior. Note the handsome balustrade that crowns the top of the house. The table with spool-turned legs and wrought iron bracing came with the house when it was purchased by Tom Gray.

imposing front staircase. The Mitchells originally found the house in poor condition with the balcony railings and more than half the window sashes missing, and the papers were damaged or missing in all but one room. They invested immeasurable hours replacing missing features and redecorating. Some ceiling papers remain intact to hint at the original appearance of the house. Further refurbishment was undertaken before the house entered the collection of the Toy Museum and it is interesting to compare photos of the house as it has been improved by successive owners. One house in original condition is the highly unusual and fascinating Spanish Duplex House. Over five feet in length and placed on its own elegant stand, it has an imposing yet playful façade consisting of sliding panels painted a lovely robin’s egg blue. The panels feature formal French doors with attractive applied decorative moldings. The doors open to the delicately styled Mediterranean balconies and window grates that give the house its Latin flavor. These evocative architectural details extend to the sides as well. The interior is even more fascinating as the house’s two levels are each designed as separate yet remarkably similar apartments, both with identical kitchens and bathrooms and fitted with charming closets and built-in cupboards. An unusual interior courtyard or galleria has been fitted with elegant columns and balustrades. Aside from minor paint touch-ups, everything in this distinctive house is original. In addition to the large dolls’ houses, a varied assortment of classic German shops and kitchens are featured. Among the most appealing examples is an early Christian Hacker grocery shop designed for the English-speaking market. The exterior is painted a delicious shell pink color accented with characteristic Hacker linework and a Grocery sign painted in gold against a vivid cobalt blue background. The interior features several shelves and numerous drawers decorated with original fauxbois paper. In superb condition, the shop is well-stocked with foodstuffs and various containers. A most unusual and perhaps unique shop is the Tobacconist’s

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