ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The History Of Doll House

Updated on October 22, 2011

A famous children's film series Return of the Antelopes became the talk of the town more than a decade ago for its simple but interesting plot. Other than the good plot, it was because of the three Lilliputians featured in the film, that people still remember it and also the doll house in which those teensy weensy people lived. I still remember the miniature replica fully equipped with tiny beds, rugs, dining table etc. and also its three stupid occupants.

It is surprising, rather interesting, to know that doll houses are not mere toys built to amuse young girls who long to see their Barbies living in a house of their own with their innumerable accessories. In fact, doll houses have a fabulous history which dates back to 1558 (long before Ruth Handler created the Barbie) when the duke of Bavaria got a doll house made for his daughter. The poor daughter didn't get to keep it though. The duke later changed his mind and secured it in his private collection for it was so beautifully made. It is gathered that the earlier doll house followed the Gothic pattern of architecture having windows with pointed arches and coloured glasses, ogival hoods, crockets and finials.

The chapels built at that time and today are no less than the actual house in design, interiors etc, except that they are much smaller in size. A well-furnished doll house is one with bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, library and swimming pool. For accessories it has a fridge, carpets, chairs, sofas, paintings, chandeliers, crockery and what not. The largest of them might be six feet long with stables and lawn but still it would be too small to accommodate even a human child.

Doll houses fall into the category of toys, no matter how luxurious they are, but it sounds a bit unbelievable that they have been kept as museum pieces and collector's items and extremely valued for their exquisiteness by lords, kings and queens. Germany is known as the ancestral home of doll houses and Japan is famous for its unrivalled traditional doll palaces. Here you can read about some of the world famous doll houses.

Titania’s Palace

Imagine how artistic would have been the one that put to work cabinet makers to make its kitchen, qualified artists to make special miniature-sized paintings for its rooms and guess what! Special writers were commissioned to write books for its libraries. When the hard work of an army of craftsmen was combined Titania's Palace was made in Dublin. The remarkable architectural classic was opened by Queen Mary in 1922 and it raised 100,000 pounds for charity when it was put on display the world over. It is adjudged as one of the best doll houses and its structure portrays Victorian architecture of its time. One of the members of Royal Society of Miniature Painting, Sir Neville Wilkinson specially made paintings for it.

The Stromer House

Germanishes National Museum in Nuremberg displayed a doll house "The Stromer House" many years back and it was said to be one of the finest of all doll houses. The year it was made is 1639, and with its panelled walls, tiled kitchen complete with utensils, and decorated ceilings it became an invaluable collector's item.

The Fairy Castle

The fairytale characters come to life when one sets eyes on this nine-foot-square, half million dollar fantastic doll house, ‘The Fairy Castle'. It was owned by a movie actress of the ‘20s and Mrs James Roosevelt, mother of Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of USA laid its golden cornerstone in 1935. It is valued as the most celebrated doll house of the USA and after it toured a host of countries to raise charity it was displayed at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. It is terrific to see the interiors designed on the pattern of fairy tales. Its different chambers depict various fairy tales like, Sleeping Beauty, Singing Nightingale, Aladdin's Lamp, Weeping Willow and Cinderella. Its fully furnished rooms are worth viewing, specially its diamond chandelier.

The most famous of all

This simply sounds unbelievable that Sir Edwin Lutyens, the person who designed the city of New Delhi and British Embassy in Washington, laid out the blueprints of the doll house that was gifted to Queen Mary by her subjects in 1924. And guess what, Rudyard Kipling and Galsworthy lent their services to write books that could be read with the aid of magnifying glass for its library. Furthermore accomplished artists produced finest paintings for its walls. The toy house leaves behind the rest with its running taps offering hot and cold water and electric lifts.

Those who want to read more about doll houses look for A History of Dolls' Houses and A Book of Dolls and Dolls Houses by Flora Gill Jacobs.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I love dollhouses. Awesome hub. peace out.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales


      Thank you for sharing this very interesting hub.

      I now look forward to sharing more of your work also.

      Take care


    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Quite amusing :)

    • hassam profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks a lot...........even I was fascinated to know such a history about doll houses so just decided to share with all the hubbers......cheers.

    • In The Doghouse profile image

      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California


      What a great Hub. I loved all the information about Dollhouses. Such a wonderful idea for a Hub. Thanks.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)