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Grödnerthal Style Dolls

By the beginning of the 19th century, another type of wooden doll was becoming available in England. These dolls were imported via Amsterdam, so became known as Dutch dolls but actually originated in the Grödnerthal region of Germany. Another theory is that the name 'Dutch' is derived from the word 'Deutsch', meaning German. They were also called "peg" dolls, or "penny woodens" which indicates their price.

These dolls came in sizes from a few millimetres housed in an acorn to a quarter life size, and in all degrees of quality. The Museum of London has Queen Victoria's dolls, which she and her ladies in waiting dressed beautifully during the early 1830's.

The early dolls were finely made with delicately painted faces and black curls, but the quality deteriorated throughout the century. By the end of the century for example, there was often no attempt to carve hands, and the gesso layers were omitted entirely.

Miniphile's interpretation of these dolls would be appropriate, when suitably dressed,
in a house of any date in the 19th century.

Like our "Queen Anne" dolls, there is no distinction between the sexes,
and children are similar to adults, just smaller.

Average height: 140mm (5½")

Price £ 50.00 undressed

We will dress dolls to order - see the Gallery pages for indicative prices and descriptions.

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