Dolls house sells for £8,500 at Leyburn auction house thanks to rare furniture

The rare dolls house furniture.

A 19th century dolls house sold for £8,500 plus buyer’s premium at a recent auction at Tennants in Leyburn thanks to the rare furniture inside.

The house, modelled on a Victorian brick-built town house with attached carriage house, came with two tinware (painted metal) pieces, a circular green pedestal table and a yellow washstand, which were made in the 19th century.

Experts said the items, produced by toy makers Evans and Cartwright of Wolverhampton, were usually made in a reddish-brown colour, meaning the unusual painted colouring on these examples helped set them apart.

The 19th Century dolls house.

The third piece was an 18th century painted wooden table, of which only three or four others of the type have been recorded.

The style and shape of the table’s legs were particularly unusual.

While modest in appearance, the auction house said the three tables caused a stir in the saleroom before the lot was won by a collector bidding over the telephone.

From the same collection came two lots of rare wooden dolls, which also greatly exceeded expectations.

The first lot comprised a mid-18th century carved and painted wooden tuck comb doll and two later miniature dolls with pinecone skirts, which sold for £1,700, plus buyer’s premium, and the second a late 18th century carved and painted wooden doll and three further wooden dolls, which sold for £1,500 (plus buyer’s premium).