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The Nuremberg House

  • Object:

    Dolls' house

  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg, Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1673 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood and mixed media

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Homes Gallery, case 1

This house was made in Nuremberg in 1673. We know this because the date is written on the chimney. It is the oldest house in the museum and is a small version of a group of 17th century houses at the Germanisches Museum in Nuremberg . There are several clues about the family who would have owned this house. In those days a sign or picture would show people what services a business offered. In this case there is a unicorn on the left door (missing its horn, unfortunately) signalling that the house belonged to an apothecary or chemist. The family that owned the house had strong religious leanings as testified by
a picture on the right door of the important religious figure, Martin Luther (1483-1546) . The house itself is comfortable with four rooms, two on each level. The upper level has two bedrooms whilst downstairs there is a splendid best kitchen on the left and a working kitchen on the right.

Physical description

A seventeenth century 'doll' or 'baby' house with two kitchens and two bedrooms. The best kitchen is on the lower left and boasts a privy at the back to the left. The trade mark is a unicorn (missing its horn) which indicates that the house belonged to an apothecary. There is a picture of Martin Luther, the religious leader on the right hand door. The house also has a working bell, dovecotes and a star on the roof. The date 1673 appears on one of the chimneys.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg, Germany (made)


1673 (made)


unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Carved wood and mixed media


Height: 107 cm, Width: 91.5 cm, Depth: 45.6 cm

Descriptive line

Dolls' house made in Nuremberg, Germany in 1673

Subjects depicted

Figures; Furniture; Houses; Animals; People


Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood; Architecture; Furniture; Interiors

Production Type


Collection code


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