- Theatrum Mundi - Theatre of Arts -
Grand Théâtre Mécanique Frère Morieux
'Léon Van de Voorde'
I recently acquired 7 theatrum
mundi marionettes and a poster of the 'Grand Theatre
Mecanique Frere Morieux'.
All marionettes, except one, are complete.
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'Grand Theatre Mecanique Frere Morieux'.
- The Morieux images on this page show an additional image or
the illusion of movement on-mouse-over.
- All Morieux images can be seen in larger photographs on the
Google Group when clicking the respective images via the Morieux
The group of 12 soldiers is most special because painted on both
In the theatre notebooks I also purchased (1876) I found several
drawings of what seems to be the theatre construction to operate
To see this, move mouse over the academic drawing and
subsequently click the image to see a larger scan in my Google
Further information on the Grand Theatre Mecanique and other
early fairground shows is most welcome.
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Grand Theatre Mecanique
thing is that this fairground attraction is both related to
Paris and Gent.
Mécanique Morieux arrived
for the first time in Gent round 1810. This mechanical Theatre (Theatrum
was founded by engineer Morieux, based in Paris, and became also
successful on Belgian Fairgrounds, exploited by painter Léon van
De Voorde round 1888. Their mechanical Fairground show became
famous for it's moveable mechanical marionettes made in painted
iron, the main characters of the show.
In 1890 the Morieux theatre attended the Fairground in Kortrijk,
Belgium, and offered most successful shows to the visitors: 'A
visit to the World Fair in Paris',
1900, became one of their most popular attractions on Belgian
All information courtesy of Thomas Weynants
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