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One of the Museum’s most popular artifacts, the dollhouse of Carrie Walter Stettheimer (1869-1944) weaves together the fashion and style of New York's Gilded Age in miniature form.
Stettheimer worked on the 12-room dollhouse for nearly two decades, creating many of the furnishings and decorations by hand.
Stettheimer Dollhouse will be will be taken off view as of Monday, November 9. It will be re-installed for the exhibit The Stettheimer Dollhouse: Up Close opening to the public on Friday, November 20th.
Styles vary from room to room, yet the wallpapers, furniture, and fixtures are all characteristic of the period following World War I. The dollhouse is particularly notable for its original, miniaturized works crafted especially for Stettheimer by renowned avant-garde artists of the 1920s, including a 3-inch version of Nude Descending a Staircase by Marcel Duchamp. From the Limoges vases in the chintz bedroom to the crystal-trimmed candelabra in the salon, Stettheimer infused her artistic sensibility into every detail of the house.