Current and Past Exhibitions at Rathfarnham Castle are Listed Below




Frontier: Recent Paintings

14th April – 2nd June

Frontier: Recent Paintings, a solo exhibition of paintings by Eddie Kennedy. In preparing for this exhibition at Rathfarnham Castle over the past year, Kennedy had in mind Frontier as the title of the show. For Kennedy, “Frontier” sets the stage for the intention from which the paintings emerge. It is how he sees the activity of painting, as an altered state of perception.

Until 24th April: Open Wednesday – Sunday 10.30am – 5pm. Last admissions 4.15pm.
From 25th April: Open Daily 9.30am – 5.30pm. Last admissions 4.45pm.

Admission free.

Image: Journey Out, 2020, oil on canvas, 45cms x 35 cms.





At Day’s End, the Whole Sky

23rd February – 29th March

At Day’s End, The Whole Sky brings together the work of Elva Mulchrone and Brian Duggan, two artists whom approach their respective visual art practices in different ways, but with a common approach to rigorous research, examination of contemporary concerns and a commitment to a visual exploration of their understanding of such. The historic rooms of the castle will add a unique dimension to the works.

Both artists have exhibited their work, in solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, and have received numerous bursaries and awards. They are both represented in important public and private collections.Brian Duggan is represented by See you next Tuesday, Basel, Switzerland.

Open Wednesday – Sunday 10.30am – 5pm. Last admissions 4.15pm. Admission free.

Top image: Elva Mulchrone, detail of Praxis, acrylic and silkscreen on fabriano
Bottom image: Brian Duggan, details of sculpture Suitable Sites, Fight the Power (Station)




A Portrait in Flesh: a photographic exhibition of David Bowie by Denis O’Regan

14th January – 11th February

Denis O’Regan is an English photographer whose imagery is particularly associated with the punk movement, Queen, David Bowie, and Duran Duran.  O’Regan has photographed everyone from AC/DC to ZZ Top, documenting Punk, New Romanticism, Grunge, and Heavy Metal along the way. He has undertaken many European, US, and World tours, worked as official photographer at Live Aid and the Concert For Diana, and travelled as official photographer to David Bowie, Duran Duran, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen, Kiss, Europe, Neil Diamond, Bee Gees, Pink Floyd and Thin Lizzy. His work has been widely published and exhibited.He has photographed David Bowie more than any other photographer, covering over 200 concerts around the world. In 2021, O’Regan was appointed as the first ever Artist In Residence at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Open Wednesday – Sunday 10.30am – 5pm. Last admissions 4.15pm. Admission free.






Shifting in Silence

2nd November – 17th December

An exhibition of paintings by Natasha Conway, Paul Hallahan, Ciara Roche and Lee Welch. Their contrasting artistic styles will offer a new look into what painting can do in today’s world, offering a visual conversation of contemporary Irish painting. The historic rooms of the Castle add an extra layer of depth to the exhibition and the works. All four artists have an impressive track record, having exhibited their works both nationally and internationally. The exhibition brings together works made for this exhibition that present an evolving landscape of Irish painting.

Wednesday – Sunday 10.30am – 5pm. Last admissions 45 minutes before closing.
Admission free.

Image: Hotel Bath (After Lost in Translation), oil on canvas,100cm x 120cm,  Ciara Roche.







Ceramics Ireland Annual Selected Exhibition

1st October  – 22nd October

The Ceramics Ireland exhibition will feature a diverse range of ceramic work including functional and decorative pieces, wall panels and sculptural forms. Selected by an independent panel, the show will celebrate the creative practice of Ceramic Ireland’s members based throughout Ireland.


Wednesday – Sunday 10.30am – 5pm. Last admissions 45 minutes before closing.
Admission free.

Image: Eleanor Swan






Wabi Sabi. Poster advertising art exhibition.

Wabi – Sabi: the Beauty of Insignificance

12th  May – 18th June

A solo show of new works by Martin McCann. As a painter Martin McCann aspires to paint flawed insignificance and is drawn to the Japanese aesthetic concept of Wabi Sabi, which champions the beauty of imperfection, the transient and the incomplete. Wabi Sabi values the beauty of impermanence, simplicity, and celebrates the natural cycle of growth and decay, as well as the acceptance of the inevitable flaws and limitations of existence. In Japanese culture, “wabi” refers to a sense of rustic simplicity, solitude, and austerity, while “sabi” represents the beauty of ageing, wear and tear, and the patina that objects acquire over time. Wabi Sabi appreciates the beauty of the imperfect, incomplete, and asymmetrical, and finds value in the subtle, humble, and understated. This philosophy of life emphasises the importance of mindfulness, acceptance, and living in the present moment, as embracing such qualities can bring a deeper sense of appreciation and contentment to our lives. Personal photographs taken on various trips around the world inspire the initial mark-making of a selection in this group of mixed media paintings incorporating cold wax medium, oil paint and collage while the majority are merely an homage to Wabi Sabi. On execution, the paintings, predominately on custom made cradled boards often embark on their own journey, and as the alchemy unfolds, they tend to dictate their own destiny and present a whole new reason for existing.

Daily 9.30am – 5.30pm

Last admissions 45 minutes before closing. Admission free.






Under a Crescent Moon

17th February – 10th April

A solo exhibition of new works by Róisín O’Sullivan, Under a Crescent Moon features a series of paintings which engage with the natural world, moving from abstraction through intuition within the studio process and which explore questions of surface, line, gesture and repetition. O’ Sullivan uses wood (shop-bought, reclaimed and found) in her works, applying and removing paint and carving and burning on or into the wood. Her pieces are small in scale, with the viewing experience an intimate part of the works.

Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am – 5pm.

Last admissions 45 minutes before closing. Admission free.







Bowie: Icon

11 January – 29 January

OPW and Dublin Bowie Festival is delighted to present Bowie: Icon a photographic exhibition by Philippe Auliac, a  renowned French photojournalist who first photographed Bowie in 1976 and continued to photograph and work with Bowie for over 30 years. ‘David Bowie: Icon’, will feature over 60 images of Bowie taken by Auliac over the rock icon’s career. Auliac has photographed some of the biggest names in music: Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson, Ian Hunter, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, David Gilmour, Frank Zappa, Elton John and many others. He has also produced a number of music documentaries including ‘All Things Must Pass’ with George Harrison and ‘An Evening in the Weimar Republic’ with Marianne Faithfull.

Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am – 5pm.

Last admissions 45 minutes before closing. Admission free.







The Pleasure Ground

4 November  – 18 December

An exhibition of paintings by Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, and a group show featuring works by 20 artists including Elaine Byrne, Anna Berger, Gemma Brown, Joanne Boyle, Margaret Corcoran, Eamon Coleman, Diana Copperwhite, Dominique Crowley, Stephanie Deady, Fiach McGuinne, Eddie Kennedy. Banbha McCann, Elva Mulchrone, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Geraldine O’Neill, Emma Roche, Patrick Redmon, Tamsin Snow, Sarah Tynan and Chanelle Walsh. 

Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 10.30am – 5pm

Last admissions 45 minutes before closing. Admission free.






9 September – October 23

CITIZENS? is an exhibition of art works by Belinda Loftus and Manar Al Shouha about the difficulties suffered by those caught up in conflict and forced migration, questions and possibilities about where we truly belong and what Home means.
Belinda Loftus is a descendant of Archbishop Chancellor Adam Loftus who commissioned the building of Rathfarnham Castle in the 1580s, and Manar al Shouha is a Syrian artist currently living in Dublin and seeking asylum. The show looks at the concept of citizenship.
Both Belinda and Manar exhibit a range of images about the difficulties suffered by those caught up in conflict and forced migration. A common theme for both artists is reclaiming images of those rendered partially or wholly invisible for different reasons.

September: Daily 9.30am – 5.30pm
October: Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 10.30am – 5pm

Last admissions 45 minutes before closing. Admission free.

CITIZENS? is supported by the Arts Council, the Centre for Creative Practices, Common Ground, the Movement for Asylum Seekers in Ireland and the Office of Public Works




Ladies and Gentlemen

9 July – 7 August

A new body of work by Dublin-born artist,  Daragh Soden. A subversive series of large format portraits that examine gender roles, photographer-subject relationships and the performativity of identity. Presented as part of the 13th edition of the PhotoIreland Festival 2022.

Open daily 9.30am – 5.30pm. Last admission 4.45pm. Admission free.





20 May – 26 June

These days death 

goes on, and life abides.

And our part, too,

is partly death:

to die, but

to die building

our paths across the sea*.

We are pleased to present PainThING, an exhibition of works by Beata Piekarska Daly. The solo show addresses the complex question of our human condition and our need to construct (self) belief systems to help us find meaning in existence. Incorporating a cross-disciplinary collaboration with poetry, music, critical writing, and an artist designed book, PainThING is imagery based on a symbiotic approach of the respective coexistence between the objects of the paintings, the historical architecture, and the viewer.

Open daily 9.30am – 5.30pm. Last admissions 4.45pm. Admission free.

* “The Exile Diaries” by Ciaran O’Rourke

Image: Beata Piekarska Daly “Two Suns”. Ink, oil, gold leaf on polyester film mounted on wood panel, 30x40cm, 2022




Five Years

13 April – 2 May

An exhibition celebrating the brilliance of David Bowie. This collection was created by designer Cartoon Bowie over a five year-period (2016 – 2021). It draws inspiration from the songs Bowie wrote, the albums he produced, the videos he made and the movies he starred in. Bowie’s extraordinary output as an artist, his genre-hopping brilliance and perhaps the 20th century’s greatest style icon produced an abundance of source material for this collection. 

Opening arrangements:
13 April – 20 April: 10.30am – 5pm
21st April – 2 May: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Last admissions 45 minutes before closing. Admission free.
Image: Starman, Cartoon Bowie

Memory is My Homeland

16 February 2022 –  20 March 2022

An exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by Lorraine Whelan, exploring the concepts of home and memory, based on personal circumstances, her environment and dreams, resulting in bursts of colour and imagery related to her life and family history. Themes of memory, place, identity and time through the artist’s memory of former homes in both Ireland and Canada over the the past six decades.
The exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am – 5pm. Last admissions 4.15pm. Admission free.
Image: Kingswood (detail), acrylic on pressed cloth, 2019.

All Creatures Great and Small

15 December 2021 – 30 January 2022

All Creatures Great and Small features 33 artworks from the OPW State Art Collection and the Northern Ireland Civil Service depicting birds, animals, fish and insects and their interaction with humanity. Each artist brings their own individual approach to the depiction of living creatures and this diversity makes for a thoughtful and interesting exhibition. A free catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Featured artists include: Corrina Askin, Bono et al., Thomas Carr OBE, Gabhann Dunne, Ivan Frew, Rebecca Homfray, Pen Jones, Rachel Joynt, Atsushi Kaga, John Kindness, Gavin Lavelle, Aoife Layton, Sarah Longley, Maura Lynch, James MacIntyre, Cecil Maguire, Kelvin Mann, Bruce C. Marshall, Colin Martin, Joanna Martin, Eamonn McCrory, Linda McWha, Frieda Meaney, Yvette Monahan, Jeffrey Morgan, Janet Mullarney, Tighe O’Donoghue/Ross, Barbara Rae, Sven Sandberg, Felicity Shun, Dara Vallely.
The exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 9.30am – 5pm. Last admissions 4.15pm. Closed 24 – 28 December and 1st January. Admission free.
Image: Visitation, Gavin Lavelle, 2015.


Strangely Familiar Shades of Gray II

20 October  – 05 December

Inspired by Eileen Gray, architect and designer, Mary-Ruth Walsh explores the relationship between the two-dimensional blueprints of buildings and their three-dimensional realisation, describing the gap between the object, or the building, and its two-dimensional representation as being full of promises and denials, or realities and unrealities. Walsh’s work explores contemporary materiality and its relationship to the body. 

The exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 9.30am – 5pm. Last admissions 4.15pm. Admission free. 

Plato's Stage, watercolour and acrylic on fabriano

Diana Copperwhite Works on Paper 2018 – 2021 / Pathos, an exhibition of small works

14 August – 26 September

Paintings and drawings exploring and unifying the relationship between colours, gestures, figuration, and representation, with images from the internet, photographs and real life combining different visual strategies on the canvas and page. Also, Pathos, an exhibition of small works by Gereon Krebber (Germany), Aileen Murphy (Germany/Ireland), Geraldine O’Neill (Ireland), Alice Maher (Ireland), Lauren Bickerdike (Ireland), Royal Art Lodge (Canada), George Meerrtens (The Netherlands), Sinead Ní Mhaonaigh (Ireland) and Robert Armstrong (Ireland).

The exhibition is open daily and admission is free. Due to Covid19 restrictions it is advisable to book a time to visit at 01 493 9462 or rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie

Bite the Hand That Feeds You

5 July-2 August

Mon-Sun 9:30am-5:30pm. Last admission 4.45pm. Booking advisable at 01 493 9462.
Artists Alan Phelan, Dániel Szalai, Gê Viana, Hans van der Meer, Hertta Kiiski, Ksenia Yurkova, and Sheng-Wen Lo

There is power in how we feed ourselves, with food being the cornerstone of cultures, ideologies, and principles. Eating or not eating can be an act of protest, feeding or not feeding — an act of control; food brings people together and pushes them apart. Through the presentation of current work and commissions, this year PhotoIreland Festival brings to audiences selected artists exploring this contentious, yet every day, topic.

With topics ranging from hospitality to colonisation, from hunger to overconsumption, trauma to technology, ethics to ideologies, to sustainability, and even surveillance capitalism, this exhibition brings together traditional and contemporary lens-based works, serving a cornucopia of engaging and relevant material.

PhotoIreland Festival 2021 is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, and the Office of Public Works. Artists Hans van der Meer and Sheng-Wen Lo are additionally supported by the Mondriaan Fund and Hertta Kiiski by FRAME Finland.


Ceramics Ireland Selected Members’ Exhibition

5 June – 26 June 2021

This exhibition will feature a diverse range of ceramic work including functional, decorative, wall panels and sculptural forms. Selected by an independent panel, it will celebrate the creative practice of our members based throughout Ireland.

The exhibition is open daily and admission is free. Due to Covid19 restrictions it is advisable to book a time to visit at 01 493 9462 or rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie.

A Powder of Moments, Orla Whelan, 2020, oil on linen, 200 x 130 cm, A4

A More Immortal Atlas

8 August – 20 September 2020

We are delighted to present A More Immortal Atlas, an exhibition of new work by Orla Whelan. This work explores the relationship between colour and form within the expanded conditions of contemporary painting. It is motivated by an existential anxiety, and by a belief that abstraction, in all its historical complexity, is a viable means to address metaphysical uncertainties. While Whelan’s practice is rooted in painting, she often uses non-traditional painting materials to refer to the materiality and tropes of painting. The wooden wedges which have become part of her artistic vocabulary, are a usually unseen element of traditional painting, whose function she has subverted, to become the surface of the painting. Using wood veneers on panel, she appropriates the traditional craft of marquetry to make contemporary paintings. The exhibition includes a large floor-based painting developed specifically for Rathfarnham Castle, as well as new large-scale paintings, a modified painting table, a series of small works and an experimental text.

The exhibition is open daily and admission is free. Due to Covid19 restrictions it is advisable to book a time to visit at 01 493 9462 or rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie.

Silhouttes and Shadows

Silhouettes & Shadows

8 – 12 January 2020

Wednesday to Sunday 9.30am – 4.45pm

This Dublin Bowie Festival Exhibition features exquisite portraits and sculptures of David Bowie by UK-based artist Sara Captain and Italian artist Maria Primolan. These beautiful works are inspired by Bowie’s fascination with the Pre-Raphaelite Movement.

Sven Sandberg The Cafe

They went and saw a palace hanging from a silken thread…

1 March – 13 April 2020

Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

Solo exhibition by Sven Sandberg presented by Berlin Opticians Gallery. Drawing on the traditions of portraiture, genre and landscape painting, Sandberg’s oil paintings take the form of portraits or figures in interiors and landscapes, referencing well-known art historical conventions and inspired by the connections between art history, film and literature. These cultural references and characteristics depict archetypal and imaginary subject matter, portraying types of people in particular situations rather than specific individuals.

Over Nature

Over Nature

Open daily until 21st December 2019

Group show that explores our relationships with others and how our futures are tied together. Curated by Valeria Ceregini, the exhibition features works by Shane Finan, Beata Piekarska-Daly, Mary O’Connor, Guillaume Combal, Louis Haugh and Kathy Herbert.

Runs until 21st December.

Open Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am – 5pm.

Admission free.

Ceramics Ireland Annual Selected Members Exhibition

21st September – 20th October 2019

Ceramics Ireland Selected Annual Members Exhibition will feature the work of makers from the four corners of the country. A diverse range of ceramic practice will be on show including functional, decorative, wall pieces and sculptural forms. Selected by an independent panel, the exhibition will feature the work of approximately 35/45 makers to be selected from 50/60 submissions. There will be something to interest everyone in this exhibition of over 120 pieces. Open daily throughout September. Open Wednesday to Sunday throughout October. Last admissions 45 minutes before closing.

NagOffsite Installation

5th July 2019 – 25th August 2019

Works by Helena Gorey, Kristina Huxley, Roseanne Lynch, Jane Proctor and Masahi Suzuki. Objects from the John Hutchinson collection. Curated by Mark St. John Ellis, this exhibition juxtaposes contemporary artworks and historical architecture, combining objects unrelated to contemporary art practice into a sympathetic aesthetic for the space. Founded in 2014, nagOffsite adopts a gallery philosophy in non-gallery spaces.

Tread Softly

Tread Softly

22 July 2017 – 24 September 2017

In association with The Paul Kane Gallery, Tread Softly, a mid-career retrospective exhibition of the work of Michelle Rogers. Michelle’s work is heavily influenced by Caravaggio but focuses on contemporary issues of the world in crisis, human rights issues and environmental and ecological concerns. Admission to this thought-provoking and inspiring exhibition is FREE.

OPW 185

OPW 185

16 October 2016 – 2 April 2017

To mark 185 years since an Act of Parliament in Westminster established the Office of Public Works [OPW], a number of projects have been instigated by the OPW185 Project Team.

From 16th October 2016 to 2nd April 2017, an exhibition, OPW185, will be displayed at Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin. The exhibition attempts to demonstrate the breadth of public works and services carried out by generations of OPW staff over the 185 years. A Timeline has been designed that is 18.5 metres long, which illustrates the Government Acts that have directed the work of the OPW; the main events in each decade; significant projects; the Chairmen of the Office Public Works and world events impacting on Ireland.

The items and artefacts exhibited were all proposed, submitted or loaned by OPW staff, both current and retired, following a process of staff engagement in June/July 2016. These items/artefacts have been categorized loosely in relation to the tasks involved, such as Drawing, Measuring, Conserving and so forth. Illustrated short stories/reminiscences of OPW staff are also included.

A programme of associated events is planned to coincide with the exhibition at Rathfarnham Castle.

In addition, a catalogue of selected files and drawings held by the National Archives relating to the OPW, and CD-ROMs of similar material are held at the OPW Library, OPW Headquarters, Trim, Co. Meath.

It is hoped that this exhibition, and the availability of research material, will stimulate interest in the social history surrounding the provision of public works, and the work of the OPW.

Holger Hertwig

Holger Hertwig Exhibition

April 1 – April 29, 2016

Wednesday – Sunday 10.30am – 5.30pm. Last admission 4.15pm.

An exhibition of paintings by German Expressionist artist Holger Hertwig. All the works in this exhibition are from the artist’s Ireland series. The proceeds of sales of the works will be donated by the artist to Crosscare, a charity which works with homeless people.

Admission to this exhibition is free. Please note admission fees apply to visit the castle or take a guided tour.

Brian Ballard Retrospective

Until 16 December 2015

This is a major solo exhibition by renowned artist Brian Ballard, a major milestone in the artist’s career – a fifty year retrospective of the work of Ballard who has lived and worked in the city of Belfast for the last seventy years. This keenly anticipated exhibition has been scheduled to coincide with the reopening of Rathfarnham Castle.

Yellow Fields

Brian Ballard was born in Belfast in 1943. He studied at Belfast College of Art (1961-64) and Liverpool College of Art (1964-65). After a year of teaching, he accepted a post as Exhibitions Officer for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, where he stayed from 1966 to 1985. During this time, Ballard came into contact with many leading Irish and British artists, which gave him insight into the possibilities which could be open to him as a painter. He was given a sabbatical enabling him to travel and paint for a year. This proved a turning point in his painting career, and he subsequently left the Arts Council to paint full time. Ballard purchased a cottage on an island in Donegal in 1990, which became a retreat, and a source of inspiration for his work.

Light through trees

Marianne O’Kane Boal is a well-known curator and art and architecture critic. She has written extensively on these subjects over the past 15 years. She writes for the Irish Arts Review, Perspective, Living Design, Visual Artists Newsletter, Art Quarterly and Architecture Ireland. She served as a Director on the board of the Context Galleries, Derry for seven years and has been on the Editorial Committee of Perspective since 2003. She is former Visual Arts Officer for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and has worked for the Office of Public Works in Dublin. She has curated over forty exhibitions including Exploring Spaces,’ 2014, Mid Antrim Museum at the Braid, ‘The Stories Buildings Tell,’ Balor Arts Centre, Donegal, 2011, ‘Two Minds: Ten Artists and Ten Architects’ Belfast and Dublin, 2007 and John Kindness Retrospective, Belfast, 2006. She is a member of AICA and Expert Advisor on Art for the Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment.

IAC Ceramics


The modern ceramics displayed throughout the building originally formed part of an exhibition held in Dublin Castle in 2014 by members of the International Academy of Ceramics. They were subsequently donated by the artists involved to the Office of Public Works and it is intended to exhibit all of the donated pieces in a series of exhibitions. This first exhibition is inspired by historic references to the presence of fine ceramics in Rathfarnham Castle- the earliest reference dates back to 1604 and is found in the will of Archbishop Adam Loftus. Their presence in Rathfarnham Castle also recalls Austin Cooper’s account of a visit here in the late 18th century when he wrote ”…the Rooms are finished in a most superb manner, all profusely filled with elegant paintings, China Vases, Urns &c, &c”.

Recent excavations in the castle uncovered a treasure trove of 17th century ceramics. These finds included porcelain plates, bowls and cups some of which originated in China. Reflecting the international origin of the historic ceramics these modern ceramics also originate in many countries across the globe: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Switzerland, USA and the UK.

The Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection

Costume Exhibition Cover

The Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection

2011 – 2013

The Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection is an exquisite collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century toys, dolls, and costumes. The collection began as a private passion in Co. Wexford over twenty years ago by Irish artist and collector Countess Ann Griffin Bernstorff. The collection was gathered together over many decades from her own family trunks and from auctions and donations.

From 2011 to 2013, the exhibition was displayed in the elegant rooms of Rathfarnham Castle. Covering a period of some eighty years from 1740-1820, the exhibits range from rare and delicate artefacts to simple and robust playthings, and everyday garments of the past many of which were once owned by Irish families.

Some highlights from the exhibition are presented here. This exhibition is now on display in Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

The Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection

Use the arrows to the left and right to explore some highlights from the Berkeley exhibition. All photographs are courtesy of Axel Bernstorff.

Evening Dress

Evening dress á la française c. 1760. Stomacher, 1730.

Gentleman’s brown three-piece day dress suite, 1785.


Silk sack-back gown with pagoda sleeves. 1770.

Gaultier Doll

A doll in dark velvet by François Gaultier. French, 1870.

Dolls at this time were often used as advertisement for couteriers. Top design houses would make a miniature collection for the doll trade with the latest fashions.







The French version of Punch or Puncinella. 1910.


German, 1850.

The corset on this doll pushes up under the arms to bring them back as far as possible, emphasising the tiny waist.

Baker's Boy

Whistling Parisian Baker’s Boy doll. French, 1890.

Rocking Horse

Newport rocking horse used to teach children riding skills. The costume worn by the model is a faithful copy of a seventeenth/eighteenth-century riding habit, and was used for pageants in Edwardian times.