Santons of Provence x3 - From the hills

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Santons of Provence
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Create your own French nativity creche with these boxes of 3 characters that form a coherent set.
These genuine santons of Provence are handmade by a santonnier in Aix en Provence.
In this lot you will find the lavender woman, the man carrying hay, and the man carrying wood, available as 6 or 9 cm height...
Each figurine is unique and stamped, crafted by a French 'artisan d'art' and labelled twice 'meilleur ouvrier de France' (best France craftman) ...
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Sets to compose as you like:

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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.

santon of man carrying hayThe man carrying hay
He brings freshly cut hay to feed the ox and the donkey.

santon of lavender womanLavender woman
She comes from her field with the sickle in hand and carries a bunch of lavender.

santon of man carrying woodThe man carrying wood
An elderly man bringing a bundle of wood picked up in the hill.

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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Linda Aubry
I had the honor of visiting your shop about 25 years ago. I purchased several figures which I have treasured and displayed. My question relates to method suggested to clean the clothing on the larger pieces. They are very dusty and want to wash/ clean the cloth to res fresh them. What would you recommend. Thank you
Dear Linda,
Thank you for your question.
I'm afraid our company didn't exist 25 years ago, but I'm going to try to help you.
If you're talking about cloth dressed santons, you may use a vaccum cleaner nozzle to aspire the dust carefully (just make sure the small accessories are well attached). I usually do this with my own dressed santons.
If you need to buy new terracotta santons, welcome to Remember Provence e shop! These ones are crafted by one the best Provencal artisans.
Best regards.
Marie Helene
Avez vous une boutique qui vend vos santons sur Paris
Merci de votre réponse

Nous n'avons pas de boutique physique sur Paris, nous vendons uniquement via notre boutique en ligne. Mais nous pouvons traiter la commande en 48 h et vous livrer très rapidement.

La livraison est gratuite à partir de 100 € d'achats sur toute l'Europe, avec un cadeau offert. Vous pouvez bénéficier d'une remise de 10% à partir de 150 € avec le code FIRST150.
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