Valued and insured at $8.5 million, The Astolat Dollhouse Castle will be on public display this holiday season at The Shops of Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center in Manhattan for the first time ever since being built in the 1980s. It features 29 rooms filled with 10,000 miniature pieces, including elaborate furniture, oil paintings, mirrors, fireplaces, gold miniature jewelry, rare-mini books more than 100 years old, fine rugs, fabrics, and pieces made of and silver and gold. There are formal rooms, a library, a music room, a grand ballroom and a bar, and that’s before you get to the Wizard’s tower on the top level. Naturally, it’s fully wired and plumbed.
The Astolat Dollhouse Castle will be on display daily on the second floor Mezzanine through Dec. 8 during retail store hours (check www.theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com for details). Admission to both the Astolat Dollhouse Castle and star viewing is free, courtesy of The Shops at Columbus Circle. Voluntary donations to benefit children’s charities are greatly appreciated given that is the real world mission of the dollhouse.
The renowned miniature artist Elaine Diehl, based in Colorado, designed and built the Castle over a 13-year period in the 1980s. Her inspiration was Elaine of Astolat, the heroine of the Victorian ballad, “The Lady of Shalott” by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Diehl commissioned fine craftsmen carpenters, goldsmiths, glass blowers, and silversmiths from around the world to furnish this incredible structure, the most ambitious project of her career. For more details, photos, and video visit www.astolatdollhousecastle.com.