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Historic dolls’ houses on show in Holland

March 7th, 2012

It is always fascinating to see historic dolls’ houses and a new exhibition in Holland features some splendid examples from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The XX Small exhibition at The Hague’s Municipal Museum, which runs until the end of this month, has already attracted more than 86,000 visitors, a testament to the phenomenal popularity of dolls’ houses in Europe.

According to an article on the France 24 website, dolls’ houses were popular among wealthy 17th and 18th century Dutch and German women, who often spent a small fortune on these miniature works of art.  In fact, the houses often cost as much as their real-life counterparts.

Made by skilled craftsmen and artists, the houses are full of fascinating miniatures, from real paintings to cutlery in pure silver and a library stacked with Lilliputian-sized books.

As well as being something to admire, they offer a unique miniature window on domestic life in a bygone age.

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