Santons (Provençal: "santoun," or "little saint") is a hand-painted terracotta nativity scene figurine produced in Provence, France. A maker of "santons" is called a santonnier. Today, the creation of santons is handed down from parents to children.
The first clay santons were created during the French Revolution when churches were forcibly closed and nativity scenes prohibited.
Santons are molded in two halves, pressed together, and kiln-fused. Hats, baskets, and other accessories are later applied.
Santonniers gather each December in Marseille to display and sell their wares at the "Foire des Santonniers".
The Musée du Santon in Marseille exhibits a private collection of 18th and 19th century santons.
This is an example of a high quality Santon.
Notes: Excellent condition.
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