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Haarlem - doll's house

 

In the Frans Hals museum. The Web site records:

 

"Sara Rothé bought three doll’s houses together with contents at an auction in Amsterdam in 1743. These were then rebuilt to form two splendid doll’s houses. One is now kept at the Frans Hals Museum, the other is at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Eighteenth-century doll’s houses were not toys. They were a kind of display case, a miniature museum intended for show. As a hobby, doll’s houses were part of a tradition of collecting art and rare objects and displaying them in special cabinets which went back to the seventeenth century. Everything in this doll’s house was made as realistically as possible to one-tenth of the original size — it was an expensive hobby. From the doll’s house interior we can see what a prosperous eighteenth-century home looked like."

Haarlem - doll's house

 

In the Frans Hals museum. The Web site records:

 

"Sara Rothé bought three doll’s houses together with contents at an auction in Amsterdam in 1743. These were then rebuilt to form two splendid doll’s houses. One is now kept at the Frans Hals Museum, the other is at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Eighteenth-century doll’s houses were not toys. They were a kind of display case, a miniature museum intended for show. As a hobby, doll’s houses were part of a tradition of collecting art and rare objects and displaying them in special cabinets which went back to the seventeenth century. Everything in this doll’s house was made as realistically as possible to one-tenth of the original size — it was an expensive hobby. From the doll’s house interior we can see what a prosperous eighteenth-century home looked like."

comments (11)

I see that you wouldn't want the kids to play with these, Tom. Most impressive.
Tom Wilson: A work of art!
Oh that's beautiful! And your photo of it is lovely!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth
Magnifique maison de poupées.
Tom Wilson: C'est certainement!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Dec 2018, 06:49
This is wonderful Tom, a real peep into the past
Tom Wilson: Not really a child's toy!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 Dec 2018, 07:06
This sort of thing must have been so prized, and priceless today
Tom Wilson: Oh, absolutely!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Dec 2018, 07:32
This is a wonderful display, Tom. Such fun to look at (not to play with)...
Tom Wilson: It might even have modelled an actual house, I guess.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 12 Dec 2018, 08:00
That’s a right posh doll’s house.
Tom Wilson: Probably for a right posh real house!
Knocks a Sindy house into a cocked hat Tom
Tom Wilson: I think it would do so to any other doll's house, Bill!
What a delightful dolls house, Maureen has rather a liking for these.
Tom Wilson: This must be a master example of the craft!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Dec 2018, 12:17
In Mechelen, Belgium, I visited a toy museum, where I learnt quite a lot. There were some very extravagant doll houses there, that had me wondering how children could play with it - too formal. Your site quote explains that part.
Tom Wilson: No doubt the kids could move the furniture around smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Dec 2018, 12:47
Not only the hearts of children might jump up - a beautiful photo!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Philine.

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