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The Sargent Family, artist unknown, c. 1800, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Gift of Edgar W. & Bernice C. Garbisch
Family of Elias Hasket Derby Jr. In the parlor of the Derby mansion, Salem, Mass., c. 1808, attributed to Michele Fekice Corne`
Period folk art paintings provide authentic furnished interiors and clothing design. These water colors depict interiors with wall and floor coverings that were in vogue in New England at the time the doll house was built. The water colors ‘set the stage’ for the doll house. Observe the shades of blue and floor and wall paper motifs in the lower interior. The upper painting has pale green wall paper and a rectangular pattern in the floor covering similar to the doll house finishes. A diaper pattern is shown on the pale green background of the wall paper. The children in the paintings could have played with a similar doll house.