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Gunn Museum to kick off holiday show

Updated 9:55 pm, Sunday, November 18, 2012
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The Gunn Museum in Washington will open its holiday exhibit, "It's a Small, Small World: Dollhouses and Miniatures," with a reception Nov. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The exhibit will run through Jan. 20 at the Wykeham Road museum.

Under the guidance of artistic director Chris Zaima, designer Sandy Booth and John Pitts, the former scenic artist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the display will feature more than 50 handcrafted dollhouses, spanning three centuries, from the museum, Washington residents and private collectors across the Northeast.

Miniature houses, furnishings, toys and dolls will be included.

The oldest item on display will be a very rare George II English Baby House built in 1747.

Some other notable artifacts in the exhibit are 1890s Moritz Gottschalk dollhouses, elaborate 19th century German "room boxes," a 1920s Tynietoy dollhouse with original Tynietoy furnishings, an early 20th century British Tri-ang dollhouse, and a Mt. Vernon dollhouse built in 1932 for the bicentennial of George Washington's birth.

Also included in the exhibit is the work of local dollhouse craftsmen and miniature artisans Rick Maccione of Dollhouse Mansions, Susan Anthony Klein and Teresa Layman.

The exhibit is open Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 860-868-7756 or visit www.gunnlibrary.org.