What is a Doll?

How long have we had this love affair with Dolls?

Pearls of Wisdom:

New World Dictionary describes a doll as - "a child's toy, puppet, marionette, etc. made to resemble a human being."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Doll House of Petronella Dunois based on paintings from The Dutch Masters

Children's doll showing a naked child, from the Dunois dolls house. 17th century.

The little figures of people in the doll house are dressed in fabrics and authentic costumes of the day. Doll houses at this time were for the wife of the house to play with and display to her lady visitor, rather than for children to play with.
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam estimates that Petronella Oortman spent twenty to thirty thousand guilders on her model house, the price of a real house along one of Amsterdam's canals at that time. It took nearly 20 years to build.


  1. Thank you Marta for be my new follower. And for everything.
    Otra vez, me sigue gustando mucho la ropa de esos muñecos. Es fantástico como se vestian en el XVII, XVIII y XIX. Me gusta mucho verlo en la pintura y en el cine ¡Me encanta!

  2. You have a really first-class blog going. Beautiful and instructive, in the best sense of the word.

  3. "WOW" is all I can say!! An impressive work in progress to say the least!
    I will continue to follow, as this is obviously a labor of love.
    Thank you for sharing!!