BillyBoy*& Lala J.P Lestrade
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BillyBoy* & Lala
This book is about a majestic 19th-century family doll's house, from BillyBoy*'s history which he named The Lala House, dedicated to his partner and now husband of 32 years, Jean Pierre Lestrade. Having been living with this house for several decades and with a never ending dedication, they've enjoyed it in so many ways and now wish to share it through this colourful book. It has been a source of great inspiration to them and now possibly to others.Unlike all the doll's houses books that are available, which all feature different doll's houses and show relatively little of each one, this whole book is dedicated to this one single house. It is so big that the authors thought impossible to show it only partially, because to them, every room and detail is worthy of interest. Each room has been photographed as well as each object, with explanation of what they are and their history and provenance (when it is known). Also included in the book are some of the interiors in which the authors have created and have lived in themselves, their decoration style which always evoke an antique doll's house interior. Sometimes, you just don't know in which scale you are in, which is altogether amusing and poetical.The story of this exceptional house, from its mysterious origins, its particularities and charm, is illustrated with magnificient photos which will please connoisseurs as well as amateurs of decoration and antiques, since this subject touches many different categories. This book shows also the life of a traditional bourgeoise household of the 1880s in Europe and all the cultural artifacts, customs and ideas important to the bourgeoise families of that generation. It gives tribute also to the term "gloomth", invented by the late Mrs Vivien Greene, a renowned historian, author and one of the earliest collectors of antique doll's houses and friend to the authors to whom this book pays homage.We hope that you will enjoy this visit of the Lala House, a treasure that the authors wanted to share with the public as a first, as they intend to do this also for other historic doll's house from the collection.BillyBoy* - Lala J.P Lestrade