Victorian Seashell Fantasy

John Darcy Noble named this delightful creation – part-grotto, part-Victorian-seashell-fantasy, all-wonderful – after a home that Sir Charles Cockerell built for himself in England with the fortune he had made in India. The home was called "Sezincote" and "was designed as a frivolous, Oriental fantasy, all fretwork and minarets, with a splendid onion dome." According to John, "it's early Summer in the folly garden" and proof of that observation is the flag that flies high over Sezincote, for it is dated June, 1863. Doll-life is bliss in the Folly, the many wooden and porcelain inhabitants eat strawberry cake, share it with their mouse friends and ride gentle donkeys, eternally. But, it was not so in the beginning, for John Noble spent countless hours restoring this whimsical creation and when it was finished, he stood back and "was astounded by the change I had wrought...now it was splendid, dignified; its colors harmonious, its proportions felicitous". Indeed. The Folly is home to numerous wooden and china dollies, and do not miss the terriffic Evans & Cartwright table and chairs.

Measures: 15" tall x 22" wide x 11" deep

Item ID: EARLY-326

$9,800 USD

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