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A Neapolitan Crèche Figure of a Shepherd

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A Neapolitan painted terracotta and carved wood crèche figure of a peasant, beautifully dressed in the original authentic clothing, the head set with glass eyes. Late 18th or early 19th century, standing in a painted wood, féaux marble base,

12.5 inches high.

Traditionally, the main focus of Christmas decorations in Italy is the Nativity scene or presepe. Every church has a presepe as do many of the squares, shops, and other public areas. Displays often go beyond the manger scene and may even include a representation of the entire village. The 18th century was the golden age of Creche art and Neapolitan royalty soon adopted this tradition for their personal enjoyment and leading artists could be commissioned to create miniature nativity figures. They demanded the finest details including realistic glass eyes and fine silk and brocade fabrics, or authentic cotton, wool, or, as here a simulated sheepskin. It is recorded that the King's own collection numbered over 6,000 figures. 



Item Code: 5131

£ 850

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