The History of Dollhouses

From 16th Century Cabinets to Modern Miniatures

Dollhouses are an enduring and beloved form of miniature art, and have been enjoyed by people for centuries. The history of dollhouses dates back to the 16th century, when wealthy families began collecting cabinets filled with miniature furniture and other decorative items. Over time, these cabinets evolved into fully-fledged dollhouses that are now popular collectors' items.

16th-17th Centuries: The Birth of Cabinets of Curiosity

In the 16th and 17th centuries, wealthy families began collecting cabinets of curiosity, also known as Wunderkammer or wonder cabinets. These cabinets were filled with a wide variety of interesting and rare objects, including specimens from the natural world, art, books, and other curiosities. Over time, these cabinets evolved to include miniature furniture, and some even had working doors and drawers.

18th Century: The Emergence of Dollhouses

In the 18th century, dollhouses as we know them today began to emerge. These early dollhouses were often elaborate, and were created as a form of entertainment for adults, rather than for children to play with. They were also often used as teaching tools, with wealthy families commissioning dollhouses that replicated their own homes, complete with miniature furniture and other decorations.

19th Century: Dollhouses for Children

By the 19th century, dollhouses had become popular toys for children, and were made more affordable and accessible. Dollhouses were often handmade, and were created in a range of styles and sizes, from simple wooden structures to elaborate, fully-furnished mansions. Some dollhouses even featured working lights and other mechanical features. Note that all products we sell are for ages 14+ and not intended for use by children..

20th Century: The Rise of Modern Miniatures

In the 20th century, dollhouses continued to be popular, and the rise of modern miniatures began. These miniatures were often made from plastic or other materials, and were mass-produced, making them more affordable and accessible than ever before. Many dollhouse enthusiasts also began to create their own miniatures, using a wide range of materials and techniques.

Today: The Enduring Appeal of Dollhouses

Dollhouses continue to be a beloved form of miniature art, and are enjoyed by people of all ages. Whether you're a serious collector, a hobbyist, or just enjoy the whimsy of a miniature world, there's something magical about the world of dollhouses.

At Minimum World, we're proud to offer a wide range of dollhouse furniture, accessories, and other miniatures, so you can create your own miniature world that reflects your unique style and interests. From modern miniatures to classic Victorian designs, we have everything you need to bring your dollhouse to life.