Fans of doll-house miniatures will delight in the diminutive at NHM as Eliza de Sola Mendes, an independent decorative arts scholar from New York City, presents, “A History of the Victorian Dolls’ House,” followed by a tea reception and a special “tour” of NHM’s Levy Dolls’ House!
A NHM “Free First Sunday” in person event, the presentation will cover the history of antique dolls' houses and miniatures, and the fascination of the small as a part of Victorian life—from a candy-container miniature to a tiny box of miniature toys in a grand dolls' house. Visitors will view a doll pantry, doll kitchens, and dolls' houses, large and small. De Sola Mendes will explore the contents of each room of the Victorian dolls' house and its inhabitants, including their pets. She will cover the early Victorian period and briefly examine the beginning of the Edwardian era.
De Sola Mendes is a guest curator at The New Haven Museum. She prepared an exhibition on the Levy Dolls’ House on view in the museum lobby, authored museum brochures on the house, and presented a Zoom lecture, "The Dolls' House Decorator: Mrs. Levy and Her Victorian House,” in 2021. She is an independent decorative arts scholar who has worked in auction houses and museums in the United States and abroad as a curator and registrar. Her specialty is antique dolls' houses and miniatures.
Date & Time
Sun, Dec 3, 2023 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM