Eric Boman showcases an extraordinary paper doll's house created by the imaginative Miss Birdie Otis, enhanced by contemporary material evoking her late 19th-century life.
In 1884, at the age of twelve, the remarkable Miss Sarah Elizabeth Birdsall Otis - known to all as Birdie - made an extraordinary paper doll's house in the form of a book. While these were fashionable enough at the time, they were usually drawn and painted: Birdie, however, chose the medium of collage. Her album's exquisite rooms, accompanying paper dolls and tiny accessories are true works of art, full of period charm but also distinctly appealing to a modern taste and sensibility. Eric Boman's full-colour photographs capture Birdie's remarkably vivid fantasy world in all its quirky splendour. Boman also provides an entertaining text giving her life story and the background to the making of the doll's house, accompanied by turn-of- the-century photographs found in her family albums. With an envelope at the back of the book containing press-out dolls and costumes from the original collection, this publication showcases an astonishing example of youthful creativity and is guaranteed to appeal to adults and children alike.
Iris Apfel is co-founder of the international textile company Old World Weavers and an authority on antique fabrics. Eric Boman is a highly acclaimed fashion photographer, whose work has been featured in "Vogue, Vanity Fair, The World of Interiors", and others.
'These exquisite and sophisticatedly naive collages, full of colourful cut-outs from contemporary advertisements and catalogues, make for a pretty album which will appeal to little girls of all ages, grannies, maiden aunts, et al' - maturetimes.co.uk 'The paper dolls and tiny accessories are works of art' - Daily Mail 'The Thames and Hudson version contains perfectly reproduced rooms and accessories, as well as the designs of the original eight paper dolls and their clothes' - Daily Telegraph 'A slice of 19th-century Americana brought to light' - World of Interiors 'A very welcome plaything for the young at heart' - Antiques Diary 'A curiosity of a picture book ... an uncommon object sure to delight interiors fanatics everywhere' - Observer
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