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Guyanese dolls' house

Guyanese dolls' house

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1992 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bollers, Ruth (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, varnish and paint

  • Museum number:

    B.36:1, 2-2005

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Dolls' house dolls are an essential component of any dolls' house. Usually they represent a family and reflect the inhabitants of the life-sized version of whatever house they are in. A very grand dolls' house will feature the family dressed in their finery surrounded by many servants, cooking, cleaning and waiting upon them. By contrast these inhabitants are simple folk who reflect the reality of home life in Guyana. In all probability, they represent Ruth Boller's parents.

Physical description

The simply designed dolls are made from birch wood and are meant as playthings. They are painted and varnished wearing costumes typically found in Guyana. The man is wearing a white singlet and black trousers. His partner, the woman, is wearing a orange and red sari.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1992 (made)


Bollers, Ruth (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, varnish and paint

Marks and inscriptions

'birch wood'
under the base of the dolls

Object history note

The dolls are from the Guyanese House and were once part of Faith Eaton's collection. The house was featured in The Ultimate Dolls' House Book written by Ms. Eaton.

Descriptive line

Set of dolls for Guyanese doll's house made in England by Ruth Bollers in 1992


Wood; Varnish; Paint; String (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Dolls; Women; Men


Dolls & Toys; Dolls' houses; Dolls


Museum of Childhood

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