What comes first in your mind when you hear the word “dollhouse?” To most of us, the instant image to pop in our minds can be that small pink house made of plastic and where Barbie and Ken lives! However, this is not always the case; collectors around the world know that these pieces of craft are far more than for playing. Dollhouses can be crafted miniature of the full-sized homes that give people a hobby to fully dedicate themselves and share to the future generations. Dollhouses have been popular toys since centuries ago, delighting children of all ages in many countries around the world. Today, this is one gift that kids would be glad to have, and to those parent’s little beauties, Barbie will not be complete without her chic abode. Unknown to us, these small-scale houses we consider as toys were built primarily for adults to be a decorative item for collection. Antique and century-old dollhouses are often displayed in museums, but when they are for sale, many collectors will spend a fortune to bring them home for their personal keeping and display
The Dollhouse Conception
The first known dollhouse was German in origin. Bavarian Duke Albert V was known to have built the first dollhouse in the 16th Century, though it is still a subject of much debate. However, it is certain that during the period, it became common to the aristocrat or the wealthiest people to commission craftsmen to build these miniature pieces. These mini-houses were diligently handcrafted out of wood and other materials to replicate an actual home, mansion, or a well-known building in the era. The popularity of dollhouses spread that people who cannot afford the intricate dollhouses conceptualized the “cupboard dollhouse,” this feature a regular house, but once opened, tiny rooms complete with furniture and miniature dolls are on display.
It was in the middle of the 17th century, the introduction of the Industrial Revolution, those dollhouses became known as “baby houses.” They were created to be toys for kids in nurseries and to teach little girls about domestic life. In the 18th century, first-rate dollhouses were created in Germany and later after World War II; it was mass produced due to its popularity for children, especially to young girls.
Today, dollhouses are available in different forms some are following the modern architectural designs, while some are after those Victorian-styled miniature abode. Small children are allowed to play with those popular plastic dollhouses which are hard to break, as these kids began to mature, some of them consider their dollhouses prized possession especially if crafted intricately.
Many adults are still fond of collecting these beautiful miniatures that pictures home and living. Many enthusiasts are creating their own from dolls to furniture to complete a whole set to complete a town while others are getting their antique pieces from auctions. Though dollhouses undergone so many changes since its first creation, it still does not fail to amaze people of all ages. It inspires imagination and teaches people tidbits of history, interior design, architecture, and culture.