The paper theater “Urania”, Germany, circa 1885-1900

DescriptionThe friends of RMAH have just contributed to a beautiful enrichment of the “European Ethnology” collection with the purchase of a large paper theater and mechanical toys from the period 1900-1960.
The large paper theater belonged to Mr. Lucien Bernimolin (1876-1957), the seller’s grandfather, who built it with great patience and a sense of refinement, using German paper boards produced by Joseph Scholz and Jakob Ferdinand Schreiber in the late 19th century.
The theater includes 92 different sets, hundreds of characters, and booklets allowing for the performance of more than 50 different plays. This collection also includes a series of theater prints that have never been cut.
Acquisition date2022