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Untitled (Dollhouse)

Yinka Shonibare CBE

(London, England, 1962 - )

2002

resin, wood, cotton and mixed media

12 3/4 in. x 8 in. x 10 in. (32.39 cm x 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm)

Gift of Mitchell D. Kahan and Christopher Hixson

2011.39

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In the 18th century, dollhouses which were exact miniature replicas of larger homes were often custom-made for elite and well-to-do families. This dollhouse is a replica of the 1872 Victorian town house in the East End of London where Shonibare now lives. As in many of his other projects, Dutch wax print cloth figures prominently (in this dollhouse the chairs and bed are covered in it). To impart a lived-in quality, Shonibare selected furniture in various woods and styles to fill the rooms. The two-story house includes cabinets, chairs, tables, fireplaces, and a canopy bed, along with reproductions of artwork by Shonibare and Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

Marks

cast on side of house