Saturday, August 24, 2019

The remodel of a mid-century modern Gottschalk dollhouse


I found this wonderful mid-century modern dollhouse on German Ebay several years ago. 
The company that produced this dollhouse wasn't known to the seller. 



Later, I saw this dollhouse on German ebay 
and decided that the company that made my dollhouse
 also made the same design in a single story house. 

I wanted to be able to name the company that produced  this dollhouse before posting about it, so I contacted Astrid at her diepuppenstubensammlerin  blog. As gracious as always with answering questions about German production dollhouses and furniture, she told me that my dollhouse was the original single story Gottschalk dollhouse shown above that had been remodeled by adding the second story. Astrid thought the remodel had been done very nicely because of what it entailed...first lifting the roof with terrace railing, adding the self-made second floor with the self-made window and fake balcony door, then replacing the original roof on top. 

Astrid said that the red brick paper on the balcony and  the ground floor on my dollhouse is not Gottschalk paper and would have been added during the remodel. The bottom floor of my house has the original floor and wallpaper, however, wallpaper in the bedroom is of West German origin and often used in Kibri houses.  The bedroom floor paper is a textured-surface wallpaper, and the "tile" floor in the bathroom is a sheet of wallpaper that came with the house.  





Comparing the houses, you can see that the remodel added lovely climbing vines to the trellis. 
I added the flower box before finding out there was not an original. 





The remodel continued the curved corner of the house....


with the curved balcony following the line 




of the curved "glass" window of the lower floor.




The left side of the window on the lower floor slides open while the smaller side remains stationary. Real glass was used for windows in this dollhouse.


The window on the upper floor is also glass, but is non-opening. 


The porch features a side-opening front door and flower boxes under the window 
and at the edge of the porch. The mailbox was added to cover up holes 
left by a switch box that had been installed previously. 



Here you can see how the construction of the upper floor is not  finished as professionally as the original lower floor.  Also, the lower floor has a stucco finish, while the upper floor does not.



Finn and Hannah Weber are here to show us their remodeled home!
(Finn and Hannah are Ermey dolls standing 6" tall.)


This is the  interior of this mid-century modern 
Gottschalk dollhouse...now with 2 floors.


The kitchen has the sliding glass window that fronts onto the porch.


The left side of the kitchen holds  a fridge, a cabinet with work space and a broom closet.


The right side of the kitchen holds the sink underneath the window,  
a cabinet of drawers, and a stove....
with the table centered in the room under a bright yellow shade. 



 To the right of the kitchen is the living room, with plenty of light 
for growing plastic plants in front of the large window. 



Finn and Hannah have a TV/stereo combo facing the sofa. 
They also find enjoyment watching the large fish tank. Yes, they lead an exciting life.



 A good reading lamp is found beside the sofa.


 An original watercolor by California artist Kathy Smith hangs over the sofa. 
(Sorry, Kathy, I had to hang it sideways to get the effect I wanted.) 



Located above the kitchen, the large bedroom holds 
a very large wardrobe, a king-sized bed and a vanity and stool. 



Matching bedside tables are on either side of the bed.


And still room for Hannah's (or Finn's) vanity and stool.




The bathroom is large enough for the 3 fixtures set it holds. 
I like the choice of the aqua wall tile the remodel added.



The over-the-sink mirror came with the house, 
which explains why it is positioned so low. 


The towel rack was also attached and not movable. 



The builder installed a privacy window in the bathroom during the remodel.



The six piece bedroom set is a product of Germany....
and a perfect fit for this large dollhouse. 


If I scrolled thru diepuppenstubensammlerin's website, 
I am sure I would discover which company made it! 

Astrid, of diepuppenstubensammlerin website has just shared
 that the bedroom furniture was produced by EMS in 1955!
EMS is the logo for VEB Erzgebirgische Möbel- und Spielwarenfabriken 
in Niedersaida (Erzgebirge).
VEB stands for Volkseigener Betrieb = Nationalized firm, 
meaning "owned by the people of East Germany" 

Astrid has also identified the makers of several other 
pieces of furniture displayed in this house. See below.





The bathroom fixtures were made by Bodo Hennig.



The chair and sofa were also made by Bodo Hennig.
The standing lamp was produced by Beco,
 and the living room table is a product of Wichtelmarke.



More German productions.


I was very happy to add this aquarium to my collection. 
It was made by Rudolf Süß.


 

This TV / stereo combination is a product of Edmund Müller.




Bodo Hennig produced all of the kitchen pieces, 
all with functioning doors and drawers! 


"Guten tag" from Hannah and Finn!

A sweet thought from Astrid:  "I think it is possible to rebuild the original Gottschalk house if you want to....or you keep it as a reminder of creative fathers who react to their daughter's wish for more rooms in their dollhouses. :)"

This dollhouse will stay the way the creative father remodeled it!

A big thank you to Astrid for identifying so many of the 
wonderful German-produced pieces used in my dollhouse!

PS:  I am currently unable to reply to your comments because I am technically unable to determine what the problem is! 



6 comments:

  1. Oh, that's fine. The charm of the past is made up of the small "places" that were created while playing. Of course, this also includes conversions of the fathers, grandfathers, brothers and other male family members.

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  2. Perfect depiction and consist throughout the house. Great work!

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  3. I generally like the original state of a dollhouse best - BUT when the conversions happened so many years ago (old wallpaper, old paint etc.) I would rather keep it in this form too, because it is part of the history now :)
    Your bedroom is by EMS
    https://diepuppenstubensammlerin.blogspot.com/2018/01/schlafzimmer-ems-bedrooms.html
    I will send you the original catalogue photo of your version.
    Cheers and thank you for telling the story of that dollhouse.

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  5. Hello Florine, Wow, love this stunning Rockabilly collection you've shared with us, all beautifully arranged and in such a gorgeous dollhouse discussed with an amazing bit of detective genius to make it extra good! Always love your writing, thanks so much! PS - Always admire the German love of house plants and landscaping for dollhouse miniatures - loved your comment about the sweet plastic plants, they love their spot in the front window. :) Starr

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  6. What a great project. I really enjoy all of your unique pieces of furniture and accessories. Great Job!

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