Today we are going for a (little) bit more simplistic style of dollhouses and that is the English Tudor style homes and dollhouses.
What are the English Tudor-style homes?
During the reign of the Tudor dynasty, which reigned from 1485 to 1603, the Tudor style was a predominant style in English architecture.
The Tudor style was influenced by Flemish Mannerism (aka late Renaissance) and it contains many decorations carried out in masonry, such as arches (Tudor arches), stepped gables, and pinnacles. The interiors were decorated in a very ‘wealthy’ way.
The Neotudor style however is a romantic interpretation of the Tudor style that we can see in and outside England about halfway into the 19th century. Here as well, extensive use has been made of ornaments. Sometimes this style is also referred to as ‘Tudor style’, but that is not correct.
A typical architectural feature of the Tudor style for example is a Tudor Arch like you can see in this picture. It is a flattened version of a gothic arch and has a wider base.
The picture belongs to Mats Halldin.
Oriel windows jutted from upper floors supported by corbel brackets.
The design of fireplaces improved in such a way, that it became possible to place them in every room, followed by chimneys sprouting everywhere on rooftops. Only the rich could effort expensive and large glass windows.
Thatched roofs were most common, but again the rich used mostly tiles or clay slates.
So for all the miniaturists out there: keep all of that in mind 😉
Do you want to see something funny? Take a look at this (Dutch) website, where they build this project of new houses, all in Tudor style. People tend to get a little bit crazy. But in a good way, no? 🙂
The Tudors, a little bit of history.
The Tudor Dynasty ruled over England and Wales from 1485 to 1603.
The five Tudor kings were in order:
– Henry VII (reigned from 1485-1509),
– Henry VIII (reigned 1509-1547),
– a son of Henry VII: Eduard VI (reigned 1547-1553),
– a son of Henry VIII: Maria I (reigned 1553-1558),
– the first daughter of Henry VIII: Elizabeth I (reigned 1558-1603),
– and a second daughter of Henry VIII
You can definitely say that king Henry VIII was most known for marrying 6 wives and murdering 2 of them.
But he also founded the Church of England (Anglican Church) in 1534, became King of Ireland in 1543, and was a great fan of tennis and darts.
Bingewatch on Netflix!
Just a personal side-note. If you would like to know more about the Tudors, meaning their lifestyle, a little history, and especially the cruel King Henry VIII, then I can advise you to watch the Netflix series ‘The Tudors’.
It is (partly) fiction, but still, you can see how they lived and that is what we are interested in, right? In any case, you will have a few nights of entertainment, I binge-watched that show 😉
Tudor-style dollhouses, a few artists.
I think that because of the size, Tudor manor dollhouses are not that popular amongst miniaturists. But there are kits in all kinds of sizes and scales for you to purchase (on Etsy), which we will talk about in another article soon.
First, let’s look at the work of these wonderful miniature artists, specialized in the Tudor Style.
A. Gerry Welch.
This artist has a website where he shows his previous and current work. It is rather unclear to me if he still makes Tudor dollhouses because his ‘for sale’-page and ‘contact’-page seem to be down.
But of course, you can have a look at his work at the ‘projects’ and ‘previous work’-section.
B. Minis on the edge.
Tracy Topps from MinisontheEdge builds dollhouses and scaled miniatures. I can see that she also has an Instagram page. It is unclear to me as well if she still makes custom dollhouses and sells them.
The house that she made more specific in the Tudor style, is to be seen in the next video:
C. Artist is unknown.
This video is an older one and the artist is unknown, but I would like to show you a wonderful piece of craftsmanship, that has sold for 10.000$.
The reason why I am showing this to you is to give you an idea of how much time and skills are put into these handmade dollhouses and that they really are pieces of art. Watch and be amazed!
D.Iris March Creations.
Iris March and her family work together to create dollhouses from scratch, but also ‘bashes’ miniature kits. Bashing a kit means that you buy the basic materials of a kit, but that you change it to your own taste.
Have a look at her video of the Tudor Toad Hall Interior that she ‘bashed’ :
E. Mr. and Mrs. Noelins.
This dollhouse was built according to the plans of artist number 1 that I mentioned earlier: Gerry Welch. So the building plans were not his, but still, the result is very fine craftsmanship and requires considerable woodworking skills!
Look at the fantastic video:
F. Kevin Jackson.
This is another fantastic Tudor-style dollhouse artist that I found while updating this blog post in Juli 2021.
Kevin Jackson (click on his name to see his website), makes custom and authentic Tudor dollhouses on a scale of 1:12.
Have a look at this article, where a video is shown on a tour of one of his houses. Isn’t it fantastic?
My Final Conclusion.
When I first started writing about the different styles of dollhouses, I didn’t realize that there were actually so many. The Victorian-style was the first article describing one and so now the English Tudor style homes and dollhouses.
And of course, have a look at Etsy, if you are interested in buying miniature kits or even finished houses in this beautiful style!
I wish you, as usual, happy crafting!