Doll's stove

Basle(?), dated 1829
Wood, painted
height 44 cm, base board 21 x 15.5 cm
Inv. 1945.63.a.

3821px x 4822px
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An engraving by Daniel N. Chodowiecki from the second half of the C18 shows two little girls playing with a stove. The stove, placed on a table, with its accompanying chairs and stools in the same scale, is about 60 cm high, so that it could be manipulated quite easily. This is early evidence that kitchens were isolated from the dolls' house as separate entities. They evidently had enough educational potential in themselves. In the 1803 edition of the Nuremberg toy catalogue of Georg Hieronimus Bestelmeier, three differently furnished toy kitchens in wooden boxes were offered; their equipment exactly reflected the vessels and utensils of contemporary kitchens, including those for cooking over an open fire on a solid hotplate under a smoke hood. This small stove, selected, because it is dated, from the many examples in the toy collection, originally stood in a dolls' house cupboard that has also been preserved.

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