Antique Doll Houses
I've always had a place for dollhouses in my heart but how I would love to have just one poppenhuis from 18th century Amsterdam!
At that time wealthy ladies in Holland, England and Germany.displayed beautifully-crafted miniature houses filled with diminutive furniture down to rich carpet, lush wallpaper and light fittings.
Not just delicately carved chairs and couches but lilliputian cabinets stacked with china dinner settings.
Graceful, grand and gorgeous.
Sara Ploos van Amstel's Poppenhuis
Sara Ploos van Amstel of Amsterdam was one of the wealthy ladies who commissioned lovely poppenhuizen. This one is dated 1743.
Petronella Oortman's Dollhouse
18th century Doll's House
Eighteenth-century dollhouses weren't toys for children. This one certainly wasn't!
The photo above shows one of three dollhouses commissioned by Petronella Oortman, a wealthy lady of Amsterdam.
Petronella ordered miniature porcelain objects from China and commissioned furniture makers and artists to decorate the interior. It was incredibly expensive to create a model house of such magnificence and this one would have cost about thirty thousand guilders. Petronella would have been able to buy a real house along one of the canals for that price.
A Closer Look at the Doll FurnitureClick thumbnail to view full-size
Antique Baby Houses
In the 1600s, middle class women displayed "baby houses" to their guests These weren't small scale houses, but cabinet display cases made up of rooms.built with precise detail and filled with miniature household items. They were worth the price of a full size house, and most usually owned by wealthy women living in Holland, England and Germany.
It was not the small scale house that was preferred, it was the perfect little furniture, the fittings and porcelain that really took the limelight.
Wonderfully Crafted InteriorsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Dolls Houses at the Victoria and Albert MuseumClick thumbnail to view full-size
American Dollhouse Museum
The Great American Dollhouse Museum
Unlike the traditional museum of cases with displays, The Great American Dollhouse Museums' village unfurls its neighborhoods, streets, rural lands and forests in a vast, continuous landscape.
Representing an American yesteryear of about 1900, the hundreds of antique and artisan-sculpted, historically-dressed citizens interact with family, friends and business associates as would any townspeople.
From the Shaker Settlement to the formal gardens of the Grand Hotel, The Great American Dollhouse Museum has as wide a range of neighborhoods as America itself.
Every dollhouse is open in back so you can see all the furnishings, people, pets, and décor.
- Dolls' Houses Past & Present
A collaborative information site with a quarterly ezine about dolls' houses: antique vintage and modern, plus furniture and accessories. Members' contributions are welcome and encouraged!
© 2007 Susanna Duffy