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Santons of Provence - Animal crib sets

The Nativity scene animals are sold in sets of 3 to 5 terracotta figurines with four combinations and 2 sizes to choose from.
These are coherent sets to recreate the pastoral atmosphere of a village of Provence.
Each figurine is unique and stamped, crafted by a French 'artisan d'art' and labelled twice 'meilleur ouvrier de France' (best France craftman) ... Read More >>
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If you don't know where to buy santons in Provence, we offer different sets of 3 handmade figurines from a renowned craftsman to set up your own Provencal crib. He's from a shepherds family and knows everything about sheep. That's why he doesn't represent a sheep in white, because this isn't the reality.

You have the choice among the following sets, and 2 sizes adapted to the human figurines sizes :

santon of goatsThe white goat and its 2 kids

santon of sheepsThe sheep

santon of goats and sheepGoats and sheep

santon of sheep and dogSheep and dog

Christmas crib history

The genuine santons of Provence are shaped in clay and painted by hand. It’s a French craft, coming from an ancient tradition. This tradition of Provencal creche continues today in southern France, where the influence of Occitan culture remains. There’s a strong concentration of santonniers in Aubagne, Marseille, Aix en Provence and Arles.

The French word santon comes from the Provencal santoun which means "little saint". Originally, the living cribs were intended to recreate the scene of the Nativity in the churches, and since the Middle Ages under St. Francis of Assisi. But the French revolution banned them in public, which led families to use dummy figurines to continue the tradition in their homes.

These characters were made of different materials (paper mache, breadcrumbs, plaster). In Marseille, in the nineteenth century, the competition of Neapolitan merchants who sold santibelli, has generated a resistance from the Provencal santonniers. The latter imposed the cooked clay and proposed their creations on markets of santons. These are still very popular today, in parallel with the Christmas markets.

In the Provencal crib, each character has a particular function to recreate the scene of the Nativity surrounded by a village of Provence. Apart from the stable's characters, the old Provencal jobs are represented: baker, miller, shepherd, garlic merchant, washerwoman, fisherman, and many others.

It’s about a village revival as if Jesus was born in Provence: the angel Boufareu (blower) announces the news to the shepherds. All the inhabitants converge on the barn to see the Newborn. They cross the hill, with their baskets of harvest, their animals, go through the olive groves. All the Provencal landscapes are represented.

So let yourself be transported by the magic of a Provencal crib, and dive into the world of Santons, jolly and cheerful figurines. The Christmas spirit is already blowing on your house!

Create your Christmas crib

If you want to settle a Christmas crib at home, you need to find beautiful figurines, but where to buy santons in Provence ? These santons are made by a craftman, who was « Meilleur ouvrier de France » twice. They are meticulously designed to be realistic, and the faces are finely painted with attractive features.

The santons we propose in batches of 3 characters will allow you to compose the nativity scene the Provencal way. You can buy several lots to get a whole Provencal village, or just a few santons to follow the Christmas tradition. The assortments are complementary.

Let your creative mind act, and involve your kids in the making of the crib. It's an occasion to share and that gives meaning to the party.

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Beautiful additions to my collection

The figures are lovingly crafted and skillfully painted. I am happy to add the sheep and goats to my Santons.

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Santons of Provence

I highly recommend Remember Provence for the beauty and detail of the products as well as the courtesy and efficiency of the payment and delivery in the USA.


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Quelles sont les dimensions des animaux ?
Les santons personnages sont proposés en deux tailles : 6 cm et 9 cm. Mais les animaux (moutons, chèvres, chiens) sont plus petits car ils sont proportionnés aux personnages représentant des humains. Donc la petite taille d'animaux s'adapte aux santons de 6 cm, et la grande taille aux santons de 9 cm.
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