An Elegant and Unusual FRENCH MANSARD Doll House by BLISS. - image 1 of 8

THE CLEAN STATELY LINES of this European style home are unusual for the Bliss firm that specialized in archetypical American structures. Normally the Bliss architecture is a riot of nooks and crannies and multiple colors. By contrast this stately house relies on simple lines and a few mild colors with discreet decorative graphics.

Although the house is referred to as ‘Colonial' by virtue of its columns, it is actually more Greek Revival. However, neither classification takes into account the French Mansard roofline. We think that this architectural departure for Bliss which debuted around 1910 is a counterpart to the ‘French Trade’ Gottschalk Deauville House. Both these houses were a departure from their normal styles and were a nod toward the French aesthetic. It is believed the Deauville House was made for French export and this Bliss Mansard House though made in America may have been a competitive counterpart.

UNUSUALLY TALL CEILINGS…This Bliss is a rare one...not just for its manor style but for its unusual 10" tall ceilings. The two front doors which graciously open outward are 5“ tall. They open on a vestibule nearly 3” deep which is a breezeway between the rooms to each side. There is an arched portal in the dividing wall connecting the two rooms. In addition to being 10” tall…each of these two salons measure 7” by 7” square and can be accessed from each side of the house. The high ceilings with their tall windows and Original Diamond Patterned Curtains are extremely elegant and call for the most creative, dramatic and luxurious appointments. How exciting it will be for the future owner to furnish.

LUXURIOUS SETTING FOR YOUR MIGNONETTES…We can think of no better accommodations for your precious French and other all bisques than a setting as elegant as this. Imagine a ballroom, a salon, a tea room or even a luxurious boudoir for the most indulged and demanding of your All Bisques or jointed dolls.

THIS RARE HOUSE is 17”wide x 10” deep x 22” to top of the chimney. Though grand and stately there is an intimacy to this residence that recalls all the romance of Malmaison tucked away in the woods outside of Paris.

MARKS: none for this model…but this house is featured in numerous books as well as a Bliss ca:1910 catalog.

CONDITION: Lovely…bright color and graphics with sound construction. It is light weight and has nearly every bit of the original papers inside and out. There is some age spotting to the floors. The front doors open and close with ease. The side panels of the house are slightly warped but close completely. As seen in the photos there is minor split to the paper on the windowed wall behind the balcony. We have had that bit of flaked paper discreetly touched up. Rare for this house...it is complete with the front steps as well as the chimney and all four rooftop urns which are usually missing or replaced.

Please Note: Furniture and accessories etc. are for display only. Thank you!

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ITEM TYPE
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An Elegant and Unusual FRENCH MANSARD Doll House by BLISS.

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