On the eternally noisy Rivoli street, in a quiet dead end, you can stumble upon a metal gate under the lilac hat of a triangular sign that says: Musee de la poupee. The collection of toy figures assembled by Italians Guido Odin and his son Sami became its foundation. It all started with a gift that had a huge impact on Sami’s life, education and passion.
The head of the family, a former theatrical costume designer in Pemont, gave his sixteen-year-old son a luxurious gift. Sami, who studied as a philologist, got a rare book about old French dolls. It described the process of their manufacture, from modeling to dressing in doll dresses. In his mind's eye stood the figures of famous artists and fashion designers who created these small masterpieces. Maybe the old doll, accidentally falling into his hands, became the first exhibit of the famous collection, now called - french puppet museum.
It must be assumed that it was the collection that prompted him to write a dissertation on French puppet magazines of the early 20th century. Picking up material for her, he often visits Paris, spending a lot of time in libraries and archives. Most likely, this work led him to the idea of creating a puppet museum in France. The study of archival materials allowed to draw a lot of knowledge suitable for systematizing the exhibits already collected by him. Subsequently, he moved to France and turns his collection into a museum, becoming its director.
Not much time has passed since this one was opened, interesting not only to collectors, Puppet Museum in Paris everyone knows and loves him. It pleases visitors since 1994. Musee dela Poupee is especially popular with Parisian children, because here you can see a magical performance, or get to a theatrical celebration and even celebrate a birthday. Paris Puppet Museum It has an exposition in which hand-made figures are collected, from 1860 to 1960. Dolls from different eras are represented in the corresponding time interior.
By exhibits, you can trace the trends inherent in puppet production of different time periods. Paris dolls 1870-1860 are dressed in the then fashion and have the appearance of adult women. Perhaps they continue the tradition of wax dolls called Pandors, exhibited on the street of Saint-Honoré as mannequins, to demonstrate fashion, in a time when there were no magazines, catwalks and top models. Baby dolls appear after 1880, and a little later they start making baby dolls. All of this can be heard on the game training tours arranged for young Parisians and visitors.
Some copies of the collection are real rarities made at the famous factory of Francois Gauthier. There are very interesting talking and mechanical dolls of the late 19th century. The collection has 1800 exhibits, but all at once they are not exhibited, because prolonged exposure to the light can render old artifacts unusable. Visitors have the opportunity to see about four hundred dolls. For reasons of safety, the exposure changes annually. Musee dela Poupee provides a unique opportunity to return to childhood for a while.