There is something about the world of miniatures that has always had the power to enchant. Whether whimsical representations or finely crafted miniature recreations of full-sized articles, these small delights capture the imagination and transport the viewer to a new realm.
The first dollhouses on record are probably the Dutch cabinet houses and Nuremburg doll houses, meant more for adults as cabinets of curiosities than for children. The novel The Miniaturist is based on these. One great example that still survives is Mon Plaisir, from the 18th century. The Nuremberg House open, 1673 via Victoria and… Read more »
Miniatures and miniature rooms existed even in the Stone Age, where the 40,000-year-old Venus figures mostly fit in the palm of one’s hand. The famous Nampa figurine found in Idaho could be older, or a hoax, according to conflicting archaeologists, but it, too, is only inches high. Miniatures and mini rooms existed in Ancient Egypt… Read more »