Preview Ticket Required

Thursday Afternoon
April 26
Noon to 6:00 PM


  • Luncheon buffet (11:30-3:30) and glass of wine/drink of your choice
  • 3-Day Pass, including Friday afternoon Happy Hour

While you wait in line for the Preview Thursday Morning April 26 at 11:00:

If you are creating a Victorian room box or dolls' house setting this may give you ideas from antique dolls' house history that you can apply to giving your work an authentic appearance.


This lecture on the history of antique dolls' houses and miniatures will follow the way in which miniatures were a part of Victorian life from a fairing, to a small box of miniature toys a child might have to a large grand dolls' house. You will see a doll pantry, dolls' houses large and small. We will explore the contents of each room of the Victorian dolls' house both upstairs and downstairs and the inhabitants, covering the early Victorian period and end just touching briefly on the beginning of the Edwardian era with mention of World War I.

Eliza de Sola Mendes is an Independent Arts Scholar who has worked in museums in the US and abroad as a curator and registrar as well as in the auction houses. Her specialty is antique dolls' houses and miniatures. She is the author of "Dolls, Doll Houses and Toys at The Lyman Allyn Museum" in New London, Connecticut where she also curated a show of their collection. At the DAR Museum in Washington, DC she curated"The Nursery: Remarks on Children's Play." She has written for numerous publications including Doll House Miniatures Magazine where she wrote"Lost and Found: Excavating Miniature History" and she currently writes exhibition and book reviews for The Decorative Arts Society Newsletter, a publication that goes out to curators and collectors and where she wrote a review of "Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House" a show last year on tour from The Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London at The National Buildings Museum in Washington, DC. She also works with tours and events at Gracie Mansion, the Mayoral home in New York City. Eliza is a collector since childhood of dolls, dolls' houses and miniatures and for the first time we will be seeing parts of her private collection within the lecture.

Happy Hour

Friday, April 27
4:00 - 5:00

Enjoy Artisan Demonstrations with a complimentary glass of champagne (for preview ticket holders), and Desserts & Chocolates at Artisan's tables throughout the room.

Artisan Demonstrations

Friday, April 27 from 4:00 to 5:00

Demonstration list to be posted closer to show date.