The Financial Times has a website called “How to spend it.” it’s a place where you can use some of that billion dollars you have in the vault (you do have a vault, don’t you?). For example, if you were deprived in childhood and your parents never got you that dollhouse you always wanted, here’s your chance.
A property boom on an exquisitely small scale has sparked a magical new event. The City of London Dollshouse Festival is an extension of the hugely popular show that has attracted international collectors to Kensington Town Hall since 1985. More than 100 renowned exhibitors will display and sell their beautifully crafted miniature houses and furniture at the Tower Hotel on Sunday January 27, in addition to the original, twice-yearly event.
Collectors are in for a treat, given the extremely high quality of the intricate designs, such as the elegant chinoiserie bedroom in the second picture. Also take for example the work of former jewellery designer Jens Torp, who specialises in making 1/12-scale silver miniatures, such as a French horn (£680), replica 19th-century field gun bottle holder (£420), Tiffany water pitcher (£125) and limited-edition herb and oil storage box (£1,475)….
Connoisseurs should also make time for the highly detailed models of historic buildings made by Lucy Askew. Having specialised in model making for 25 years, Askew’s 1/12-scale miniatures are prized for their recreation of colour, texture, fabric and furniture, such as the gilt picture frames and looking glasses, fireplaces with fire irons and Robert Adam furniture from the Glass Drawing Room, Northumberland House. Askew also crafts bespoke “box rooms” (£5,000 to £20,000), whose wooden doors open to reveal a single, glamorously furnished room.