The Toy Shop

Claartje Pennink, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Early dolls and dolls' houses, 19th century games and paper toys, wooden toys, folk art and all kinds of antique curiosities

Silver Rating Silver
Member since 2015

A beautifully handcrafted toy is a piece of art in its own right

5.03

About The Toy Shop

- Antique dolls and toys
- Specializes in wooden and paper mache dolls and toys of the 18th and 19th Century
- Paper toys and games

- Master’s degree in History of Art
- 25 years experience in the trade
- 12 years involved in the auction world

From a very early age, I was surrounded by the antique dolls and toys of my mother’s antiques shop. So when I approached an auction house for an internship naturally my main interest was the dolls and toys department. I was invited to come and ended up staying for the next twelve years. First as a student, then, after I got my Master’s degree in the History of Art, as a fulltime employee. The excitement of waiting to see what people might bring in, never stopped. It felt like Christmas each time a special find appeared from someone’s attic.

In 2003, I felt it was time to venture out on my own. I started my own business; Pop Art Antiques Toys. I already lived in a house with a shop front, so starting an antiques shop seemed the obvious next step.

A famous Amsterdam antiques dealer said dealers should never trade in the items they collect, as customers might think they keep the best things for themselves. I prefer to disregard this advice completely. I believe I can only sell things with sincerity, if I love them myself.

I am specialized in dolls and toys from around 1900 and earlier periods; wooden and paper mache dolls and toys, paper toys and children’s games from the 18th and 19th Century are my core business.

I strive to respond to all orders and questions within 24 hours. In addition, I guarantee each item to be described to the best of my ability. I pack and ship my items with great care. I am proud to offer 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed, if you are not happy in any way with your transaction, communication, or the item itself, please contact me via email or phone so we can sort out any misunderstandings or problems. Your satisfaction and positive response is important to me and my business!