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…
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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…
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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 ~

11 Responses to “The Splendour of Brielly House…”

  1. Terry Jansen says:

    What can I say but magnificent, every doll and every room display…this is an heirloom supreme! all the artistry involved over time and now complete…what an achievement. I love every doll and every room, however, my favourite is the nursery..there’s something about the mother and babe greeting. And that quilt! and the piano keys move….!

  2. Lisa says:

    What an achievement indeed… thank you dear Terry for your lovely comments, I agree with you wholeheartedly, Elaine has a most exquisite collection and she has a very sympathetic eye too along with an incredible imagination. Its hard to imagine what else is to be added but she did stress ‘its still in the making’. Elizabeth is aunt to the baby – but yes, that scene is quite special. Indeed the piano keys move it has so much intricate detail with brass chords too… utterly exquisite… as for the quilt well, if I am honest I do recall pulling my hair out at one point, but all forgotten about now seeing everything in its splendour…! Thank you again for your comment lovely x

  3. Francois says:

    Dear Lisa
    While reading your blog, it felt like watching an episode of a carefully made period drama.
    The attention to detail and your dolls is simply incredible. It is such a treat to see your customer’s project made with love, sensitivity and a good eye.
    Please thank your customer Elaine for sending the photographs so we could all share in pure beauty and joy.
    I am going back now to look again and I am sure I will do so a few times in the days to come.
    Thanks Lisa for a great blog.

  4. Angelika says:

    Not only Elaine’s eye for beautiful and exqusite details impresses me, but also how she built and decorated the whole setup to make it look so incredibly real. Like Francois said, it’s like entering another time and place. Thanks for sharing this fantastic house. I would love to see more.

  5. Lisa says:

    Dear Francois,
    Thank you for your lovely compliments about my dolls and the blog post. I could not agree with you more about your comments regarding Brielly House, Elaine’s eye for detail is incredible and she has impeccable taste for exquisite miniatures too. I am sure Elaine will be reading this with as much pride as I have for being a small part of her collection x

  6. Lisa says:

    Indeed Angelika I could not agree with you more, it was my pleasure to share Elaine’s photographs with you x

  7. Elaine says:

    Thank you all for the lovely comments. AlI can say is I could not have done it without Lisa’s wonderful dolls. She saw my vision! I could not haven chosen a better doll maker. It has been so exciting working together. Elaine

  8. Elaine says:

    Thank you for all the lovely comments. I can honestly say that I would not have been able to do it without being inspired by Lisa’s beautiful dolls and all her help. She saw my vision completely! I met Lisa only once and knew she would be making my dolls which are in fact ‘real’ little people. I have loved sharing my project with her. When this is completed I will just have to create another. We have already discussed it :)

  9. Lisa says:

    Aww Elaine, that is a lovely thing to write thank you, you have made my day… this was a very special project indeed and I have throughly enjoyed working with you on it… here’s to the next on xoxox

  10. Alison Dodds says:

    Wow! Lovely to see all your work in their various settings and homes Lisa. The photographs are lovely too. Your work is instantly recognisable.
    Alison

  11. Lisa says:

    Thank you dear Alison for your lovely comment and your constant support it is hugely appreciated xoxox

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