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The Rijksmuseum Dolls' House Collection

23 January 2018

We recently posted on our Facebook page about Petronella Oortman, who created the beautiful dolls’ house which inspired the book ‘The Miniaturist’ and the tv adaptation of the same name. As it went down so well, we thought we’d delve a little deeper into the collection of dolls’ houses kept at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where Petronella Oortman’s dolls’ house now resides.

The museum has three dolls' houses in total, which date from the 1600’s and 1700’s and are an exciting window into what a wealthy home would have looked like in Amsterdam at this time.

Petronella Oortman

Petronella’s dolls house was given to her as a gift by her wealthy husband Johannes Brandt and she set about filling it with beautifully hand-crafted replicas of the real items from her home, between the years 1686 to 1710. Although the dolls’ house was incredibly realistic and it may not have been an exact representation of the house that she lived in, it may have represented her dreams and aspirations.




At this time, dolls' houses were a popular hobby for women and would have offered the same enjoyment as a curiosity cabinet would have done to the gentleman of the time. In fact, Petronella’s husband had a curiosity cabinet and you can see the miniature version in the bottom right hand room of the dolls’ house.



Petronella loved her dolls’ house so much, that she had a painting commissioned of it. The painting shows the yellow curtains which once protected the front of the house, as well as the original dolls that she had made for it. Unfortunately, all the dolls have now been lost, except for the baby in the cradle.



Petronella Dunois

The second dolls’ house in the collection at the Rijksmuseum was made by Petronella Dunois. Petronella was an orphan who lived with her sister in Amsterdam but was a wealthy lady and an art collector. Both sisters made their own dolls’ houses, but only Petronellas survived.



Unlike Oortman’s dolls’ house, Dunois filled her dolls’ house with ready-made furniture, many of the pieces are marked with the year 1676. The dolls’ house contains a peat loft, a linen room, a nursery, a lying-in room, a reception room, a cellar, a kitchen and a dining room.



Grachtenhuis

The third dolls house in the museum was made in 1760 and is quite different from the other two. Instead of a cabinet housing the main attraction being the realistic rooms inside, it is instead the exterior of this house that is the most interesting and realistic. Like the other two, it is a model of a real house.

The front of the house is removed to reveal the rooms inside. The house is divided into a basement with two cellars, portal and kitchen; first floor with hall, small hall, staircase, dining room; second floor with bedroom, small room, stairs and nursery; attic with two attics.



We hope that you’ve enjoyed this little tour of the Rijksmuseum's dolls' house collection. You can find out more by visiting their website.

NEW Children's Ranges! Fit for a Princess!

5 May 2015

TWO NEW Ranges introduced and Le Toy Van Budkins Added!

NEW ranges are being added all the time at dollshouse.com and we’ve recently added 3 new ranges to the Children’s selection!

From the well-known and loved Melissa and Doug range of children’s dolls’ houses and toys you can now enjoy 4 different houses and a range of accessories to complement them, from a Fold & Go Princess Castle to the more traditional Victorian Dolls House and even “fold and go” miniatures, there is bound to be something for that special gift!

The Le Toy Van range, with all it’s pretty colours and high quality products has been extended and now features a selection of the charming Budkins Family Doll Set and Fairy Castle, Fairybelle Palace and even a Fairybelle Carriage And Unicorn !

Finally we’ve added a few special pieces from the Selecta Spielzeug range including the “Maxi Villa Dolls' House ”, a three-storey bright and colourful children’s dolls’ house with an open front.

With all these great ranges to chose from the special gifts are easy to find this year! Dollshouse.com has the whole gamut from fairy castles, witches and wizards, and all the accessories those little princes and princesses could wish for. Will your dolls’ houses be “By Royal Appointment”?


NEW Range Added! The Dolls House Workshop

9 April 2015

WOW! Over 35 NEW dolls’ houses and basements have just been added to dollshouse.com! We have selected a comprehensive range of the quality dolls’ houses from The Dolls House Workshop including 2 more 1:24th scale dolls’ houses and matching basements.


Adding another charming shop to the range with Arkwrights, a three storey property with a split front opening and opening roof panel. The big bay windows are an invitation waiting to be filled with miniature goodies!

If you’ve been hankering for a church you can now pick one up from dollshouse.com and this clever kit even includes the rafters for a realistic roof. Think of all the details you could add, stained glass windows, prayer cushions and you could change it up for festivals, Easter, Christmas, Harvest Festival, lots of opportunities to let your creative flair run wild!

For those looking a bit tight on space, the 1:24th scale Willow, along with its complimentary basement provides enough space to indulge your miniature addiction without compromising on details or quality.

You can choose from the grandeur of “Downton Manor” to the simplicity of a room box, there really is so much to chose from and dollshouse.com is only going to continue to grow and get better and better!


Arkwrights Dolls' House


1/24th Scale Willow Cottage Dolls' House


Church

Feature House - Montgomery Hall

26 March 2015

Montgomery Hall with it’s beautiful proportions and paint and brick façade is an elegant and timeless dolls’ house which is why it’s been so popular over the years as a feature in a wide range of displays and filmic endeavours.

With 6 rooms split over 3 floors and a wide central staircase which offers hallways to dress too, there’s a lot of house here for a reasonable foot print. This house has been seen in “Upstairs Downstairs”, in the film “Creation” and in the Christmas display for Coutts Bank’s headquarters on the Strand in London. How will you chose to dress this stunning dolls’ house?


If you are looking to hire any of our houses or wish to use our images for your production or event, please contact amy.purser@dollshouse.com or call 01332 912989 with your requirements.




The dining room in Montgomery Hall dressed for Miss Haversham.


Montgomery Hall shown in the film "Creation"


Movie Star Malibu

25 March 2015

From Miami to LA and back again, this dolls’ house has been a star feature in album adverts and much more.

View one of it’s starring roles here in the 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or-QZT72GYU

If you are a regular reader of the dolls’ house press you may also have seen it as a “Hard Rock Café” complete with a hole cut in one floor and a car hanging through it and one intrepid customer stacked them on top of each other to create a department store!

There is a lot of light and space in this dolls’ house to create whatever you fancy! What about a bijou apartment complex with a chic local café on the ground floor?

If you are looking to hire any of our houses or wish to use our images for your production or event, please contact amy.purser@dollshouse.com or call 01332 912989 with your requirements.








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