Inside the Collection

The Bosdyk Dolls House- part one

Bosdyk Dollhouse showing miniature rooms and figures within
Photography by Sotha Bourn © Powerhouse Museum, all rights reserved.

Fallen in love with this dolls house yet? Just wait, you will!

Let me introduce you to one of the latest objects to join the Powerhouse Museum collection, the Bosdyk Dolls House, a unique example of the art of the miniature.

The house was built and decorated by Frans and Christina Bosdyk over a period from 1997 to 2006. They estimated that they spent 15,000 hours and many thousands of dollars of materials on the work. Frans is a skilled electrical instrument maker who can turn his hand to any material with great precision, in fact he made most of the furniture inside the dolls house. Christina was closely involved with all construction decisions, sourced miniature items, decided where everything went and chose interior decor, wallpaper and dolls.

The Bosdyk dolls house competes with the very best in the tradition of Dutch dolls’ houses, renowned in the seventeenth century for their style and extraordinary attention to detail. That this should have been made in Australia is unusual and the Bosdyk’s eight years’ dedication to the project is an extraordinary achievement. The story is one of Dutch migrants bringing the very best of their traditional culture and skills to Australia.

This most rare acquisition is an important affirmation of the wonderful skills and contributions made by migrants to Australia. It will undoubtedly bring joy and wonder to countless visitors to the Museum when it goes on display.

This post is the first in a series that will take readers on a journey into the house, to see some of its hidden treasures and perfect details. Stay tuned, in the mean time here are some teasers:

“The kitchen”

‘Grandma invites a friend for tea”

Lindie Ward
Curator of decorative arts

9 responses to “The Bosdyk Dolls House- part one

  • The detail in this is crazy!

    As always, I’m very impressed at these behind the scenes looks at what the powerhouse holds!

    Keep it up.

    • Thanks Paul, stay tuned for more. We are going to take you right inside, even into the cupboards! everything in this house is perfect and tiny. Erika

  • Frans and Christina are my Godparents. I grew up watching this being built when I would visit. So happy to see it will be looked after and appreciated by many 🙂

    • Dear Tennescee Thank you for your comments. The blog about the Bosdyk Dolls House has been popular with many people viewing it over the time its been on the web.
      Anni Inside the Collection, editor

  • Since the passing of my father 5 years ago, …. I am so glad that the powerhouse bought this from him, …I always proud and privileged to watch dad at his craft….and now so many people can see not only the talent of actually both my parents, but the love that was between them…..Thankyou powerhouse

  • What a fantastic d/house totally worth the time looking at it..I think I might take a trip to Sydney, of course the first stop will be the power house museum.

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