Sunday, October 21, 2012

Christian Hacker Dollhouse

This is an antique Christian Hacker from an old auction catalog. I love the chimneys!


And this is mine I found in San Francisco. Swanjte Kohler told me the balcony was added so I removed it. It has been tarted up but you can see the shapes where the original design was.  I sanded it and think at some point it was a pink and then pickled.
It has the original stove unit and a clean shape on the floor, a footprint where the typical Christian Hacker cupboard once was.
Kitchen with stove unit


Picture of the inauthentic balcony.

The doors and windows are covered in a chalky white paint.

This  is a picture of a Christian Hacker from Ann Mehann's web site.  from her past collection.

picture by Ann Meehan
This is a picture of the classic Christian Hacker cupboard holding beautiful treen dishes. Look at the typical marbled wall paper. 

A final Christian Hacker dollhousefrom Ann Mehann's collection. Look at all the woodwork! 

 She is currently selling this gorgeous fence for $495.00. Wouldn't it look perfect for a Christmas scene?????

This is Susan Hale's Christian Hacker Kitchen with the marbled wallpaper and her wonderful collection of Treen ware! I had the kitchen and dining room reversed . I now have the kitchen on the other side. 

Here are two more examples of Christian Hacker houses from old Theriault's Auction catalogs. Wish I could see the interiors of these ! CM

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Today's News is Tynietoy tops the charts

This antique garden made by Tynietoy sold today at Skinner's Auctions for $2,100 before premiums and other charges. It isn't clear to me if the gardens came made for any house or the various styles of houses had their own such as a Nantucket cottage had one style and the Mansion another. We need a definitive book on this don't we!

and the Mansion sold today  for $8,000 or $8,500.00 USD I can't quite remember. My friends had dropped out by then. But here is my question. How many Mansions still exist? I know of 3. 

And why do some of the mansion have this lovely mural and some not? Did they all come with it and some were painted over (horrors!) Would love to know. 

Here is the same mural from a Noel Barret auction with description from June 19 2004.

Lot 330

Tynietoy Colonial Mansion

Sold For $32,500

made in Providence, Rhode Island. The largest of the Tynietoy series of houses. The mansion facade is distinguished by a gambrel roof on the main house as well as the kitchen wing. The front door is decorated by a formal painted double arch supported by columns, panels and a central keystone. The entrance is further ornamented by stenciled fan and side lights. Three dimensional applied shutters, window trim and mullion stenciled Eisenglass windows all add to the feeling of scale. The painted ivory facade reflects the flattened planes of a 20th century interpretation of colonial architecture.The sense of fine scale and heightened realism extends into the details of the interior rooms. The mansion model can be identified by the pastoral mural that spans the walls of the music room. The foregroung depicts exotic trees and flora while in the backround, a clipper ship heads out to sea against a panarama of Oriental mountain peaks. Architectural details are generously allotted to the mansion's interiors. Finely cut cornice and kick board moldings and three dimensional broken arch door pediments add to the 20th century atmosphere. Fireplaces with faux painted overmantle panels in blue and marbleized hearths create realism, as does the stairwell rising to the third floor and returning on itself between each floor, with individually cut stair spindles. The enchanting second floor nursery and adjoining bathroom, nestled in the eaves of the gambrel roof are unique to the mansion model as is the narrow pantry below. A typical 20th century adaption are the French doors on either side of the music room chimney face. The palacetial interior encompasses 13 rooms. The house is made is made of thin painted and stained plywood, c.1920's. Sold with Gottschalk cardboard garden furniture, Tynietoy garden bench, pair of tynietoy boxed brush trees, pair of Gottschalk latticed planters, assorted potted trees and brass fireplace equipment including fenders and andirons. Please note room furishings are sold separately.
32.5" t. x 58" w.
excellent all original condition.

As I am told this house pictured above is not the 

one sold today though they have identical murals.

This seems odd to me as all the painted furniture 

and screens were unique. Was there a special mural 

painter who duplicated the same design. Does 

anyone know? Would love to know more about this 

fabulous line of dollhouses! CM

Update: I queried Tynietoy specialist Susan

Grimshaw from and she told me the 

Mansion murals were copied from an historic house 

in Haverhill, MA. So they were hand painted but 

from the same pattern. Thank you Susan Grimshaw!