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Wellcome Library, London. Engelbrechts' drawing of an 18th century carpenter shows the many tools of the trade.

The Joy Wardrobe Part 3

On the right hand side of this early 18th century wardrobe, in bold letters several inches high, is painted “Edmund Joy 1712”. Who was this confident inscriber, who claimed this enigmatic piece of furniture as his own? Was Edmund Joy the first owner, or the talented carpenter of this unusual object? Whoever he was, his […]

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The Joy Wardrobe Part 2

Opening the two outer doors unveils another interesting feature of this miniature house. Each one is lined with a different patterned and coloured wallpaper. The wallpaper marks the Joy Wardrobe of 1712 as being a very desirable piece of furniture. The year it was made, the first taxes were charged on this fashionable commodity, at […]

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The Joy Wardrobe Part 1

The first house in the upcoming exhibition, Small Stories: at home in a dolls’ house will be the ‘Joy Wardrobe’, made in 1712. It’s a strange object to start with, because it is not in fact a dolls’ house at all. The scale is right, and there are many little windows suggesting a wealth of […]

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