The Splendour of Brielly House…

January 11th, 2015

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In my previous post I promised I would share with you some of my collectors collections’ well, just look what arrived in my inbox… my wonderful customer and dear friend Elaine sent these utterly gorgeous photographs of her dollhouse called Brielly House.

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With no less than 25 characters made by yours truly… this really has been a most wonderful commission.
In the study we find Mr Collins who he has visited Mr Bennett, the proprietor of Brielly House however, because he got rather carried away drinking far too much sherry he has fallen asleep by the fire.
You can read more about Mr Collins here…
www.lisajohnsonrichards.com/blog

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Mr Bennett is reading over a manuscript which Mr Collins brought, they are both trying to find out more about the parish and its parishioners, he is totally unaware Mr Collins has nodded off by the fire. His trusty Lurcher, ‘Pilot’ waits patiently to go for a walk.

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In the morning room Mr Darcy stands in the entrance while Mr Wickham stands by the fire. At the back of the room sat at an exquisite table by David Poole is Mary Bennet sketching which is her favourite past time, meanwhile Jane Bennett peeps over her book pretending not to pay too much attention to the arrival of Mr Darcy.
You can read more about Mary here…
www.lisajohnsonrichards.com/blog
And, you can read more about Mr Darcy and Wickham here…
www.lisajohnsonrichards.com/blog

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Another lovely photograph of Jane and Mr Darcy. The gorgeous wallpaper by Susan Bembridge and the beautiful tapestry cushion and sampler kits by Nicola Mascall, which Elaine herself worked.
You can read more about Jane here…
www.lisajohnsonrichards.com/blog

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In the formal music room Mr Darcy listens most attentively to Elizabeth who plays the piano which, by the way has moving keys… it is utterly incredible and a real piece of art, it is made by David Poole of Beith Miniatures, who also made the games table and music stand. David booth made the chair which Ms Bingley sits upon.
The beautiful paintings on the walls are by Chris Sparrow.

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The love felt between Mr Darcy and Elizabeth can almost be felt in this, my favourite photograph, such lovely characters which I thoroughly enjoyed making. Elizabeth’s chair is by David Booth, paintings by Chris Sparrow and ornate wall sconce by Lucy Askew.

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Mrs Bennett is fussing over her table, Beth the parlour maid has been called away to the front door by the post man and she is getting quite worried about her lovely table being set in time, her son George isn’t helping matters as he keeps moving things much to her annoyance. Another maid can be seen carrying linens up the stairs.
You can read about George here…
www.lisajohnsonrichards.com/blog

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A close up of all of the things on the sideboard which are waiting to be laid out on the table along with the half open drawer which houses all of the cutlery and the serviettes in the half open drawer. Stokesay Ware made the beautiful dinner ware.

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Cook is preparing food for the evening dinner celebration for Mr Bennet’s birthday. She has white soup simmering in the pan on the stove and is about to make a frumenty pie and lemon dessert, she has lots to do and time is of the essence. The poor tweeny maid at the back, is cleaning away in the scullery, afterwards she has a pile of washing up to do too, her job is never done.

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It was fashionable to boast a flushable indoor water closet but not a bathroom. Elaine loved my nude so much she commissioned one herself “it adds a little mischief” she said, adding “she shall be called Fanny” which does make one giggle. You can read about Fanny here…
www.lisajohnsonrichards.com/blog

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Sisters, Elizabeth and Jane are gossiping about Darcy and Bingley in their bedchamber. All furniture by Tarbena Miniatures, I made a mattress and dressed the bed, making the patchwork quilt was a labour of love indeed with each patch being meticulously hand-sewn together. Another sampler kit by Nicola Mascall worked by Elaine adorns the wall. You can read more about the patchwork quilt here…
www.lisajohnsonrichards.com/blog

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The sisters are experimenting with hairstyles for the dinner party. On the bed is a beautiful box filled with jewellery and ribbons, a negligee’s is draped over the bed made by me and slippers are perfectly placed underneath.

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The nursery maid is looking after Louisa and Henry in the beautifully equipped Nursery. Elizabeth who has been for a walk on the Heath rushes in to see her niece and nephew. The crib is made by Tarbena Miniatures, while I made a mattress, covers and dressed it. Another sampler kit by Nicola Mascall worked by Elaine adorns the wall.
You can read more about the crib here…
www.lisajohnsonrichards.com/blog

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At the back of the room Emma is reclining on the chaise dreaming of a visit with her aunt where she will meet her sweetheart again, in her hand his love letter to her. Meanwhile, the ladies maid has been putting linens in the cupboard. Read more about Emma here…
www.lisajohnsonrichards.com/blog

Brielly House is an incredible thing of beauty, it is filled with the finest of artisan pieces and while Elaine says “it is all still in the making as there are lots of things still to do and add” it is indeed an exquisite collection and I am so proud to be a part of it.

If you should have any questions please do get in touch by email
ljohnsonrichards@gmail.com

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“Completely and Perfectly and Incandescently Happy”
~ Elizabeth Bennett, Pride & Prejudice ~

Ms Emilia…

August 23rd, 2011

Wearing a Regency empire style peach dress with tiny
hand~painted dots, trimmed with lace and frills…

Over her shoulders Emilia wears a simple silk shawl
while tiny buttons adorn the back of her bodice…

Her undergarments are pretty lace trimmed with tiny bows.
Everything hand sewn.

Ms Emilia is a happy widow content with her life,
she loves her family and friends and her flower garden…

She carries a hand thrown pottery bowl filed
with her favourite flowers from her own garden…

If you have any enquiries regarding Ms Emilia
or any other doll, please do e-mail me

lisajohnsonrichards@blueyonder.co.uk

“A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread”
~ George Herbert ~

Mr Collins…

July 20th, 2011

Mr Collins is sleeping soundly in his favourite chair…
Being a clergyman, he is dressed entirely in black.

Wearing a Regency tailcoat and waistcoat,
both trimmed with tiny buttons…

A once pompous man he has mellowed with age…
and his hair loss adds character to has kindly face…

His breeches are worn below his knees…
trimmed at the sides with tiny buttons

Mr Collins is never without his pocket watch,
or his trusty bible…

Completing his ensemble are black real patent leather shoes
with tiny brass buckles.

If you are interested in Mr Collins or another figure
please do e-mail me
lisajohnsonrichards@blueyonder.co.uk

“Tears are the summer showers to the soul”
~ Alfred Austin ~