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£800 Dollshouse Fireplaces for Serious Players

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You know an economy is doing alright when Dollshouse Fireplaces are selling for £824.

Yes that's right - eight hundred and twenty four quid. Or $1608 at todays exchange rate. Flipping 'ell! I know some of those bankers and media types are on a good earn but who can afford to shell out that kind of dosh for a toy? A toy that's only 155mm x 120mm (6" × 4.5"). Well yeah I know it's a collectors item but still. That kind of money could probably feed a family of four for a year in the Third World.

They are beautifully made though. The £824 Georgian Decorative above left is described as Very much in the style of Adams, this fireplace is the pinnacle of contemporary Georgian design for the London townhouse. This would be a showpiece in a room such as a dining room where the principle entertainment of guests would take place.

It's made from Statuary marble with hearth and slips made from black slate (£15 extra). The craftsman is Gavin Poyner who has worked as an architectural stonemason since completing his apprenticeship twenty five years ago.

Apparently when Gav and his Missus were buying a dollshouse for their daughter they couldn't find real marble or stone fireplaces. So a lightbulb went off in the young stonemason's head - "I know - I'll make 'em - and sell 'em to all them rich fucks in The City". (I made that part up - couldn't help myself)

The fireplaces Gavin makes are the real McCoy. His catalogue includes Georgian, Victorian, 15th-18th Century and he accepts commissions (so the filthy rich banking type clients can no doubt try and outdo each other). They are made from the same raw materials used in full-scale fireplaces. But as beautiful as they are, I still can't come to grips with paying the price of a new Apple Mac for one. But maybe you're flush so Here's their website. Prices start from £187.

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