Dollhouse BRAZIL


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DollHouse BRAZIL


A fantastic monument of miniaturization, which depicts in detail every aspect of daily life of British royalty and labor class in the beginning of 20th century is the famous Queen Mary's Dolls Hous. Several artists and artisans colaborated to make it come true. EVERYTHING in it reflects reality accurately, in scale: the taps would run water, the elevator actually works when one pushes the buttons, the books can be read... and so on! Funny though, the only dolls in this DOLLS house are the King and the Queen, as other dolls all around could fall down and eventually break so precious and unique objects...

Another major milestone in dollhouses are the famous Thorne Rooms. This impressive series of roomboxes encompasses  European interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s and American furnishings from the 17th century to the 1930s. They were made by different artisans, under commission by Mrs. Thorne, between 1932 and 1940: the perfection of each and every detail is extremely realistic and breathtaking. Its permanent home is the Art Institute, in Chicago, but sometimes there is a traveling exhibits around the country.

On the left you can see some of the rooms. See all 68 of them at the Museum website

Nowadays, miniature enthusiasts can have a blast going to shows all around the globe all year round, or even shopping online. More on miniature shows at Calendar.

Miniatures industry (factories, artisans, stores, suppliers, shows, workshops, associations, etc) is not here to play... Though it also goes through ups and downs, dancing to the economy tunes, by 1988 it already dealt with over US$ 55 million dollars a year!!! (Visit some of the stores and websites from the links provided)

While in Brazil this hobby is still incipient and better accepted commercially when scenes have a more 'obvious' 'utility' like key hangers or party souvenirs, in English speaking countries and in Europe it's a whole other story. There are class organizations, groups, workshops, awards, titles, shows, etc. Not to mention stores of all sizes, both brick-and-mortar and online. We're still making baby steps in Brazil when it comes to commerce of miniatures. (read more in Organizations, Museums, Blogs & Photo albums).

A little bit of history...
And in the present...
Queen Mary Video Popular historical periods...

In the US, Europe, South Africa and Australia dollhouses are an old and 'infectious' passion.

Unlike Brazil, where contemporary scenes are most popular among miniaturists, in those countries there are way more settings in past times than modern ones. This is a great thing as, besides being an extremely therapeutic hobby :) which also encourages the development of different crafting skills, miniaturists ends up learning a lot about the history of their own country and of the word. The hip thing while making historical rooms is to make them as accurate as possible. They are like History classes, but in 3D and in small scale! No wonder museums are among the main clients of talented artisans, who are commissioned to make accurate reproductions of specific historical events (and places) in settings called dioramas.  

On the right you can find a table that might help you find the period of time each era usually refers to. In England, unlike Brazil, each era is known by its ruler, not by the dates, which might be confusing for those unfamiliar with British history. The ones in italics are the most popular ones by far.

Eras in British History

Queen Mary’s Doll house, probably the most famous dollhouse in the world!...

At display in the Windsor Castle.