For years unknown, dollhouses have always been a special part of childrens’ earliest years, but if it is something like Coleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, it sure would find a place in a museum like the Museum of Science + Industry, Chicago. Our earlier coverage of dollhouses includes the Elaine Shaw dollhouse that was equipped with all modern functional equipment, and the Bespoken dollhouse that featured the select work of artists from Glouster. But this fantasy house takes a step closer to luxury than what could generally be fathomed.
Ms. Coleen Moore came to known as a prominent actress in an era of silent movies, but is also known for her taste in miniature pieces of art. Her dollhouse called Fairy Castle certainly stands out as one, with its detailed craftsmanship of various parts of the house with precious gemstones, including its 12 parts comprising of the drawing room, great hall, the chapel, library, princess’s bathroom and bedroom, prince’s bathroom and bedroom, the attic and the magic garden. The great hall located around the center portion has a welcoming fairytale experience with statues of the story of Cinderella and the prince along with murals of the Pied Piper from Hamlin. The glass windows have been etched with visuals from Jack & the Beanstalk and also Princess and & Dwarfs. Coming to the kitchen, the murals are found aplenty. Over the door there is the tale of the three little pigs, and the walls are decorated with Jack & Jill, along with Humpty Dumpty over the arches and Little Bo Peep on the stove area. The utensils used here are made out of real copper, and the dinner table is the exact replica of the one used in Queen Mary’s dollhouse at Windsor Castle. The drawing room for that matter has rose quartz and jade from the Chinese royal collection which are close to 500 years in age. The chandelier hanging from the ceiling is pure gold with diamonds. One of the murals on the wall is a painting by the legendary Walt Disney himself, and the vases around the door are of similar age to the chinaware mentioned earlier.
This castle had a nationwide tour during the years of the Great Depression, to raise funds for children’s charities. Some major stops in bigger cities took the collection of the display to a total of $700,000 between 1935 and 1939. Since the total structure measures 8’7’ x 8’2” x 7’7”, it wouldn’t have been possible to carry it around, hence Ms. Moore designed it in a way that it could be unassembled into 200 pieces, with each component having a special drawer for itself, for transportation. The final destination as mentioned earlier is the Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago where it is on display for the general public.
Via: MSI Chicago