Every detail was considered with precision and more than likely resulted in plenty of bleary eyes and tension headaches for those involved. Grand furniture reduced in scale is expected upstairs but downstairs gets just as much attention. In the pantry are food stuffs supplied by the best in their trade such as miniature jars of marmalade, a chest of tea, six packets of Saltines, an appropriate 4 dozen boxes of chocolate, and so much more.
My personal favourite item from the kitchen is a copper kettle made with a George V penny, the King's head forming its base.
This doll house may have been designed by Edwin Lutyens for Queen Mary but I can't help being reminded of another Mary in a big house...Lady Mary, of course.
In 2005, during a visit to Windsor Castle, where this work of art is on display, I wound my way around a glass cabinet that encircles the house. You're nudged along by the stream of people but with this book on your lap you can enjoy every minute detail for as long as you like.
Jess Burton's The Miniaturist has just won Waterstones Book of the Year, among other awards, so for anyone with a continued interest in this art form I suggest taking a look at The Queen's Dolls' House.