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emporium. This clearly masculine establishment features beautifully grained faux rosewood shelves, drawers and counters accented by faux marble columns and gilt Dresden paper decorations. Boxes of cigars are displayed and the original triangular wrapping papers remain suspended on hooks over the counter. The handsome gentleman dolls are included. Who knows? It could make smoking fashionable again. Several German kitchens are included in the sale and, unlike the houses, they are fully furnished. An early Nuremburg kitchen will be offered, as will a larger early 20th century two-room kitchen with pantry. In this engaging specimen, original matched cabinetry and a generous volume of cooking utensils and foodstuffs are accented by gleaming copper pots and pans. Remarkably intact and fresh-looking, it is an example of what was referred to as a “bright” kitchen from the time period when dark and cluttered Victorian interiors went out of vogue and clean, cheerful kitchens became fashionable. It is delightfully complete and one can’t help but imagine how it must have enthralled some lucky young child when it was new. The encased English Butcher’s Shop that Tom Gray purchased at Noel’s auction of the Mary Merritt Museum several years ago has undergone an appropriate and deeply satisfying restoration. While retaining the original glass with its cracked corner, the outside of the case has undergone a remarkable transformation as thick layers of grimy white paint were removed to expose the handsome wood beneath - it practically glows! Instead of detracting from the amazing details of the shop and its many, many beautifully painted cuts of meat, the case now complements the enchanting artistry and craftsmanship of its interior. It is a gratifying example of a successful endeavor to conserve one of the best examples known in this genre. The auction will take place November 19th and 20th at the Eagle Fire Hall in New Hope, PA. The catalogue can be ordered by contacting Noel Barrett Antiques and Auctions, Ltd. at (215) 297-5019 or on the internet at www.noelbarrett.com.

I had the pleasure (and challenge!) of writing the catalogue description for this stunning British Butcher’s Shop when it was auctioned with the rest of the contents of the Mary Merritt Museum beginning in 2006 and I was simply stunned when I counted all the pieces of individually carved and painted cuts of meat – there are almost 200 pieces! I remember we all hoped it would end up in a museum and… it did!

Just imagine walking into an antiques shop and finding a dolls’ house this tall and imposing - talk about presence! The Spanish Second Empire House not only commands whatever space it occupies, but when opened, the rooms are wonderfully spacious and accessible. When it was in the Museum, it was furnished with many examples of antique German furniture including an elaborate ebonized parlor suite from Waltershausen, handsome chairs by Rock & Graner, and multiple ormolu chandeliers by Erhard & Sohne.

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Profile for Antique Doll Collector Magazine

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Special Chase Dolls • All Bisques • Meet the Bumsteads • Dolls’ Houses from the Old Salem Toy Museum • UFDC Salesroom • Antique Blue Ribbon...