Content-Language" content="en-us">


part 2 of 3

selected examples of miniatures and dollhouse furnishings previous to 1890

               by Jennifer McKendry    home page      

photography by Jennifer McKendry©

Description: early104.jpg (118726 bytes)

Kestner firm, Walterhausen, Germany, mid 19th century

Description: early99.jpg (87017 bytes)


Description: early105.jpg (108828 bytes)


For a helpful article on Johann Daniel Kestner Jr with illustrations from his c1850 catalogue in the archives of the Museum of Schloss Tenneberg, Walterhausen, Germany, see "Kestner's Doll' House Furniture" by Christiane Gräfnitz in Doll News (fall 2000): 56-59.

Description: early102.jpg (131232 bytes)

note double row of gilt edging and how the bolsters tuck into the arms


Description: early107.jpg (129684 bytes)

Description: early97.jpg (139516 bytes) 

Description: early106.jpg (127278 bytes) 










Description: early116.jpg (152592 bytes)

This form of chair was popular in the second half of the 19th century among German dollhouse furniture makers. The leg form with concave curves is known as klismos after Greek and Roman models, as enthusiastically embraced by early 19th century real chair makers in Europe, for example, Thomas Hope in England in his Household Furniture and Interior Decoration of 1807. "The beauty of the design" was praised and repeated by J.C. Loudon in his Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm and Villa Architecture and Furniture of 1839 (left). One suspects the prevalence of the klismos leg in miniature chairs is because one could saw the form in one piece with the back side and even include the arm in an armchair. The two cut parts were then attached with glue to the crest rail, back bar and seat. Kestner shows various colours but black is most commonly foundDescription: early6.jpg (36146 bytes). The scale also has a number of variations.

Description: early171.jpg (56766 bytes)









Description: early98.jpg (140955 bytes)


Description: early110.jpg (119435 bytes)





Description: early115.jpg (154209 bytes)


extension table, maker unknown

Description: early118.jpg (132668 bytes)


Boulle" work decorates the top covered in a false grain resembling rosewood. In real furniture, Boulle (Boull, Buhl) is the inserting of brass lines and shapes into wood surfaces


Description: early117.jpg (125345 bytes) 













below the extension system from the underside




Description: early114.jpg (154280 bytes)


Description: early96.jpg (79171 bytes)


Description: early103.jpg (126113 bytes) 





Rococo Revival sidechair with turned front legs and splayed back ones









Description: early100.jpg (79551 bytes)


Description: early108.jpg (146537 bytes)

Desk; note heavy dentils under the pediment

Description: early109.jpg (152823 bytes)


Description: early111.jpg (112865 bytes)


Description: early119.jpg (150994 bytes)

elegant and rare white set by Kestner in a neo-classical style


Description: early112.jpg (146082 bytes)


Description: early113.jpg (102927 bytes)German chaise lounge with flowing gold ornament, original upholstery and bolster, maker unknown, c1860s or '70s







Description: early194.jpg (79628 bytes)

bed attributed to J.D. Schneegass, Schneegass & Söhne, Walterhausen, Germany, 1880s

Description: early193.jpg (153194 bytes)


Description: early197.jpg (149263 bytes) 


German piano, maker unknown but possibly Kestner












Description: early190.jpg (134152 bytes)


Description: early189.jpg (167419 bytes)


Description: early188.jpg (165773 bytes)

the desks above and below have Gothic Revival motifs (pointed arches, trefoils, cusps, armorial motifs) in "Boulle". Bands of white are often found on these pieces as contrast was valued. in high


Description: early192.jpg (120958 bytes)

desk attributed to J.D. Schneegass, Schneegass & Söhne, Walterhausen, , Germany, 1880s


Description: early191.jpg (123915 bytes)


Description: early209.jpg (144009 bytes)


Description: early211.jpg (147990 bytes) 


German wash stand, c1870s










Description: early210.jpg (103960 bytes)

N.B. - please click here to continue to part 3

return to part 1

top of page                   home page

               history of dollhouses          

GALLERY of IMAGES of dollhouses & furnishings   

dolls for dollhouses 1  

         references on dollhouses & miniatures