Charlotte Brontes doll-house to go under the hammer

December 11th, 2008 - 5:39 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 11 (ANI): A doll-house decorated by Charlotte Bronte, the author of iconic romantic novel Jane Eyre, is set to go under the hammer next year.

Described as “unique” by art experts, the house contains four rooms decorated with miniature figures and furniture.

The work is a part of legendary antiques dealer Roger Warners private collection, which will be auctioned by Christies in January.

The “George II grained four-room ”baby” house circa 1750″ was redecorated by Bronte in 1839 during her time as a governess for the Sidgwicks, a wealthy family based in Skipton, Yorkshire. She was deeply unhappy working for the family.

Bronte’’s redecoration of the doll’’s house is mentioned in a letter she wrote to her sister, Emily, in June 1839: “I said in my last letter that Mrs [Sidgwick] did not know me. I now begin to find she does not intend to know me; that she cares nothing about me, except to contrive how the greatest possible quantity of labour may be got out of me; and to that end she overwhelms me with oceans of needlework; yards of cambric to hem, muslin night-caps to make, and, above all things, dolls to dress.”

Andrew Waters, Christie’’s” director of private collections and country house sales, said the doll’’s house was an extremely rare example of Bronte’’s artistic flair away from writing skills.

“I am not aware of any other recorded item that has been decorated by Charlotte Bronte, which gives this piece a unique and charming personal connection with such an iconic figure,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying. (ANI)

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