Nativity scene - Decorative figurines - Bohemian

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Look at her beautiful colorful dress, the gypsy girl plays the tambourine to distract the crowd and if you toss her a coin she will tell you your future.
This hand painted terracotta santon is available in 6 and 9 cm (2.4 or 3.6") high.
Each subject is unique and stamped, made by a craftsman twice the best worker of France ... to create a sublime Christmas crib and amaze young and old! ...

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Did you know?

The word santon comes from the Provençal santoun (written here in Mistralian spelling) which means "little saint". Originally, living nativity scenes were intended to recreate the Nativity scene in churches, and this since the Middle Ages under Saint Francis of Assisi. But the French Revolution banned them in public, leading families to use dummy figurines to continue the tradition in their homes.

These figures were made from different materials (papier mâché, bread crumbs, plaster). In Marseille, in the 19th century, competition from Neapolitan merchants who sold plaster santibelli, generated resistance from Provençal santonniers. They imposed baked clay and offered their creations on santon markets. These are still very popular today, alongside the Christmas markets.

Christmas village figurines

All our santons are real Provencal Christmas santons. They have been handcrafted in terracotta and painted by hand for 3 generations.

Each subject is first modeled by hand to create the mold. In production, each subject is hand painted, color by color, in oils and acrylics.

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Recreate the nativity scene!

In the crib, each character has a specific function to help recreate the Nativity scene surrounded by a village in Provence. Apart from the subjects of the stable, unavoidable, old Provencal trades are represented: baker, miller, shepherd, garlic seller, washerwoman, fisherman, and many others.

In fact, it is about reviving a village as if Jesus had been born in Provence: the angel Boufarèu (blower) announces the news to the shepherds. All the inhabitants converge on the stable to see the Newborn. They cross the hill, with their baskets of crops, their animals, go through the olive groves, and all the Provençal landscapes are represented.

So let yourself be transported by the magic of a Provençal crib, and immerse yourself in the world of santons, jovial and cheerful figurines. The spirit of Christmas is already blowing through your home!

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Provence terracotta Santons made and painted by hand - available in 6 or 9 cm


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