Guignol puppet theatres were popular forms of entertainment in France during the 19th-century and early 20th-century. This Napoleon III puppet theatre was designed strictly for adults - a regular source of biting political satire and caricature from 1855 onwards. The elaborate giltwood design, hand-painted scenery and woven tapestry make this theatre very valuable. To find one in such good condition, with puppets, their costumes and all the scenery intact is rare. Such a piece would typically sell for around 1,350 euros or about $1,550.
This petite puppet theatre was crafted between 1910-1920. Children's songs, stories and plays were the featured entertainment originating from this particular theatre. The handmade and hand-painted marionnettes also danced for assembled audiences of enthralled children. This small "tabletop" theatre would sell for about 750 euros or $850.