Collezione Maria Signorelli





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Life of Maria Signorelli

Puppets of Maria Signorelli  

The Puppets of Maria Signorelli - i fantocci

The fairy tales, nursery rhymes and films

Shows with classical and modern texts, films

  The ballets of Maria  Signorelli



Podrecca Fund 

Trieste puppets


19th-20th century Italian rod and glove puppets

18th century Italian marionettes 

19th-20th century Italian marionettes 

20th century foreign rod and string puppets 

Eastern and Wayang puppets and marionettes

Sicilian, Pugliese and Neapolitan puppets  


Shadow puppets


Toy rod, glove and string puppets    

Seven trunks of stage properties

  Paper and card theatres, sets and characters   



Italian and foreign literature on the history and techniques of puppet theatre

Toy theatres  

Scripts of puppet and marionette plays  

Posters of puppet theatre productions and festivals

The exhibitions



Roughly 300 items, dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Varying in size, from a few centimetres to 80cm, and of various materials (cloth, porcelain, wood, papier mâché, among others), from many continents. 

Of special note, other than an Italian wooden doll of the eighteenth century and some Italian items in porcelain, two Russian dolls from the beginning of the twentieth century with embroidered costumes, a large Chinese doll from the 1930s, a Spanish doll made of papier mâché of the same period and an American rag doll dating from the 1950s. 

The collection also includes a dolls’ house (bedroom with bath and linen chests of iron, various rooms fitted with furniture and ornaments in various materials, plus little dolls) from the 1940s. 

The entire collection of dolls was the subject of an exhibition entitled A Dolls’ World, mounted in the rooms of the Toy Museum of the Palazzo Rospigliosi in Zagarolo in December 2001.







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