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Complete with their original costumes. Painted and modelled terracotta, carved wood, cotton, cloth, silk, lace, gold and silver thread
Late 18th – Early 19th Century
Size: 30cm – 33cm high – 12 – 13 ins high (approx. each)
The Royal Bourbon court of King Charles III of Naples employed famous artists to create fine figures for use in the palace nativity scenes. However they were not just confined to churches, and the Royal court, they were also used in domestic interiors where whole crèche scenes were put into especially painted sets which often included the volcano Vesuvius smoking in the background.
One artist employed by the King was called Sammartino and was noted for his vigorous modelling. His pupil Guiseppe Gori seems to have made a living by creating crèche figures. Sometimes Gori would use the likenesses of his friends and patrons for the faces of his life like figures.