Tradition started in the 16th century, where the first doll’s house, created for Albert V, Duke of Bavaria, was identified but for which only a description is now available
In the 17th century, dolls’ houses fashion took place in the German middle-class community and following the mercantile development migrated towards Holland.
In Germany, dolls’ houses are tools for children education. Wealthy families, through this playtime areas want to teach their daughters the best housewife education.
However, the educational aspect is only a side of the story and luxury dolls’ houses are often collected. Furniture and accessories are exact copies of their real size models and reflect the current culture and living style.
Netherlands dolls’ houses
are rather collected as a passion
and often used as expensive home ornaments.
Wealthy middle-class and bankers, eager to show their prosperous lifestyle, commission artisans to reproduce, in miniature, their furniture’s and other accessories, that they exhibit in luxury cupboards well known as “cabinet houses”.
In the 17th and 18th centuries,
dolls’ houses are also appearing in
England, Nordic countries,
Italy and France.
It is however in the 19th century that doll’s houses went particularly popular where it became a toy with a variety of scales, available to a larger public. This is also the time of the start up of individual small-scale creations with more common materials.
At the start of the 1920s, the very popular Queen Mary‘s dollhouse was ordered from sir Edwin Lutyens, renowned architect. 1500 artists, manufacturers and creators, as famous as Singer, Cartier, Daimler… contributed to the achievement of this opulent house in 1924.
Nowadays, aficionados around the world have access to a lot of furniture and accessories within reasonable cost. Books and magazines carry out ideas and advices, clubs and non-professional associations help the sharing of ideas and the development of competences.
This hobby is now considered by a large public.
The best way to increase one’s miniature collection is to go around specialized exhibitions periodically organized in Europe and the United States. In that respect, France as well as the Latin neighbouring countries are currently in their infancy stage.
In 2006, the first SIMP exhibition was organized to satisfy passionate people expectations and to instil interest on the rest of the French public.