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by Ruby Lane

The Dollhouse Miniature Exhibition and Sale, hosted by Denver Museum of Miniatures, takes place at Doubletree by Hilton DTC from September 7 – September 11. We’ll be getting together to enjoy and learn about miniature dolls, toys, and crafts. Ruby Lane is a proud sponsor of the show for the second year in a row. You can learn more about the fall show here.

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Autumn is a wonderful season of the year. The Ruby Lane sponsored Miniature Doll and Toy Show is going to be a delightful activity that everyone, especially collectors and doll lovers, will enjoy seeing. There is plenty of room in everyone’s heart and home for miniatures; not only because miniatures are tiny, but because they are interesting and beautiful artifacts. Great skill goes into making them.

Photo via Musée Miniature et Cinéma

Photo via Musée Miniature et Cinéma

“A Library Within a Library” Courtesy of Tim Sidford/Sweetington

Miniature French Boudoir of the Louis XV Period, 1740-60; Art Institute

Miniature French Boudoir of the Louis XV Period, 1740-60; Art Institute

Miniatures have been crafted throughout the world since the dawn of civilization. Our imagination is attracted to small things detailed in artistic ways. Skilled artisans love crafting miniatures, and people love observing, handling, and collecting them.

Miniature Tennessee Entrance Hall, 1835; Art Institute

Miniature Tennessee Entrance Hall, 1835; Art Institute

Miniature French Boudoir of the Louis XV Period, 1740-60; Art Institute

Miniature French Boudoir of the Louis XV Period, 1740-60; Art Institute

Miniatures fascinate us because they demonstrate the products and values of different cultures. Craftsmen have made miniatures of every possible material – stone, wood, ceramic, and metal. Miniature dolls, dollhouses, and furnishings tell us interesting stories about people and their customs.

This room is styled after a 19th century summer kitchen. It's part of the Knoxville Museum of Art's Thorne Rooms collection, miniatures commissioned in the 1930s and '40s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne. Courtesy of Knoxville Museum of Art

This room is styled after a 19th century summer kitchen. It’s part of the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Thorne Rooms collection, miniatures commissioned in the 1930s and ’40s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne. Courtesy of Knoxville Museum of Art

People of every social class and age treasure miniatures. Miniatures are found everywhere from magnificent palaces to colorful playrooms. Museums devote great attention to exhibiting miniatures.

This nursery scene has three even tinier miniatures inside it. Courtesy of Shenghung Lin

This nursery scene has three even tinier miniatures inside it. Courtesy of Shenghung Lin

The Chicago Art Institute is a museum with a large collection of miniatures. It has 68 rooms full of miniatures constructed on a scale of one inch to one foot. Mrs. James Ward Thorne had them made by master craftsmen from 1932 to 1940. The Thorne Rooms include models of European items of the 13th century to American items of the 1930’s.

Miniature Hall via Kupjack Studios

Miniature Hall via Kupjack Studios

Miniature English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period with Christmas tree, 1840-70; Art Institute

Miniature English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period with Christmas tree, 1840-70; Art Institute

Photo via Musée Miniature et Cinéma

Photo via Musée Miniature et Cinéma

Photo via Musée Miniature et Cinéma

Photo via Musée Miniature et Cinéma

Photo via Musée Miniature et Cinéma

Photo via Musée Miniature et Cinéma

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  • 07. Austrian Enamel gilded bronze Miniature Coach Inkwell
  • 06. Oak Doll House Bedroom Set in 1 Scale
  • 05. Antique German Gottschalk Red Roof large doll house c1912
  • 04. Large set antique German miniature doll house furniture

Kick off the fall season at the Dollhouse Miniature Exhibition and Sale. There is something in miniatures for everyone. Adults and children will increase their knowledge and love of art, culture, and crafts by attending this fascinating event. If you are not in Denver, you can join us for a ‘play-by-play’ of the event with live videos and photographs on the Ruby Lane Dolls Facebook page.

 

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