Sunday, October 13, 2013

Szalasi / Spielwaren Furniture and Selina Rose Gallery

First of all below is a picture of the latest vintage dolls house furniture to be added to my collection. This is some over-the-top Boutique Szalasi dolls house furniture (more commonly known as Spielwaren. The Bavarian company ran from the 1950s through to the 1980s. The furniture is wood and composition. I have a very elaborate room box planned for this furniture with wood panelling, grand drapes and parquet flooring with a few pieces of porcelain thrown in for good measure.

I am also happy to report that I have finally resolved the 'sticky' problem with the Selina Rose Gallery. The solution - one husband + one belt-sander. Pete sanded the areas on the exterior of the house that had the sticky residue and I painted over the interior sticky areas, which will be covered with wallpaper anyway. I have also made a template for the roof and I am just looking at shingle/tile options which I hope to complete over the course of the week.

I caught up with some special family friends over the weekend, Lyn & John, also known as my second set of parents. I grew up with their children. I have Lyn to thank for my love of crafts. Back in the early 1980s she suggested I go with her to a porcelain doll making class, which led to many more classes together and the making of a number of reproduction porcelain dolls. That ignited my creative spark and over the years I have dabbled in many other creative endeavours including but not limited to bear making (including miniature bears), book making, soft toy dolls, a bit of embroidery and of course miniatures.

While I was there Lyn passed on to both Jamie and I a number of small porcelain dolls for our miniatures and also a lovely Edwardian room box she had put together in the 1990s. My father made the room box for her and she decorated and furnished it. She has given it to both Jamie and I to share so it will go somewhere where we both can enjoy it. I need to re-glue a couple of legs back onto the table and fix the legs on a couple of chairs which have come loose with age. As soon as I have done this I will post a photo.

Thank you Lyn.

As far as the Undersized Urbanite toy shop, I have decided to call the toy shop/museum 'Timeless Toys'. I think it is quite fitting for a toy shop combined with a toy museum and though I have tried I can't come up with anything better.

My head is just buzzing with ideas for Timeless Toys. I can't wait to get started but at the moment I am really enjoying the planning stage. I'm trying to imagine myself as a little child in a toy shop - what would excite me, steal my heart, spark my imagination and amaze me.

I am hoping some of these emotions may hit you when you see the end result. Time will tell.

I hope you are all having a great weekend.


  1. Sharee that furniture is magnificent. I can almost picture your roombox the way you are describing it...but of course, I can't wait to see it. Timeless Toys should be a fun project for you to "play" with...he he. Happy toy making!

  2. This furniture is fabulous.
    Greetings, Faby

  3. Hi Sharee! Your plans for the Timeless Toys-shop are great. We'll see what you'll come up with....;) This old dollhouse furniture looks very special, I haven't seen anything like that before, I think that it is very rare??
    Good luck and have fun with your plans :D!!
    Have a good week. Hugs, Ilona

  4. Ciao Sharee, bellissimi i tuoi dove riesci a recuperare queste preziosità? :)
    Sono contenta che tu abbi trascorso giorni divertenti nel tuo fine settimana.
    mi piace il nome che hai dato al tuo negozio e sono curiosa di vedere il tuo lavoro in proposito.
    Un abbraccio, Manu

  5. The furnitures are really gorgeous. It will be a beautiful room box. I'm certain of it.
    Some years ago, I also reproduced porcelain dolls. I realised, my favorite material are more the textile materials.
    Have a nice week


  6. Hi Sharee, LUV LUV LUV the dollhoue furniture. It sounds like you had a fantastic weekend filled with family and creativity. The name for the toy shop is Fantastic, can't wait to see the toyshop progress. Hug AM

  7. Such cute furniture! It's very unique. The toy shop sounds fantastic!

  8. Hello Sharee, Ilona pointed me to your blog. I also have some Zsalasi furniture but know nothing about it. I'd love to know more. You can see mine on my blog
    I hope you can tell me what scale this is :-)

    1. Hi Veronique
      Firstly just let me tell you I have 'Szalasi' envy. Your clock is stunning. Despite having many research books I have not been able to find out too much about the maker or company but with the help of the internet and fellow members of Dolls Houses Past and Present this is what I have found out.
      The furniture was made in a highly embellished Rococco style and appears to be 1/10 scale which was a common scale for German dolls houses. Some furniture appears to have 'Spielwaren puppen mobel' stickers on and others come with 'Szalasi' stickers on. Szalasi was the family name of the makers who were based in Tann in Lower Bavaria. I understand a Rudolf Szalasi was the father of the family that started the business. Spielwaren appears to be the name it was marketed under for English speaking markets, Spielwaren meaning 'toy' in German and puppen mobel meaning 'dolls furniture'. The furniture appears to have been made from the 1950s through to the 1970s. The furniture is made of wood and composition but in the 1970s some plastic parts were added. The fabric appears to be usually velvet or damask. I cannot promise the above information is 100% accurate but is what I have found out to date. I am still trying to source more information. I'm sure someone out there knows more.

    2. Thank you!! That helps. I bumped into it in a second hand shop, totally non dollhouse related. It looked like something rare so I bought it :-) It is rather big, especially the clock. I think that it was supposed to actually work, with a key to wind it up. But since I don't have the key, I can't test that theory :-) I saw a set on Rubylane once (auction site). I think I should make a roombox especially for this furniture as it really crowds a 1/12 room.

    3. I agree with you Veronique. The furniture needs its own room box. I'd love to see what you do with yours. I've got some ideas for mine but it will have to go on the back-burner for now as I have entered the Undersized Urbanite contest and I have to finish my Timeless Toys project before May next year (and that is after I have finished my sister's gallery).