Santons, or collectible figures representing townspeople, have been placed in Provencal nativity scenes since the early 1800s. This 11.5” tall old woman is dressed in a long quilted skirt of traditional fabric with checkered apron, lace pantaloons, a striped shawl, and is carrying a large bundle of wood. She is in very good condition, and is beautifully crafted of terracotta and clay, and her arms are wire. She has a small glue spot on the back of her shawl where the bundle of wood was formerly attached. Her clay base is signed S. Jouglas, indicating she was crafted in the famous Santon shop of Simone Jouglas, founded in 1940. She was handmade most likely in the 1960s.
French Santon de Provence Collectible Figure, Woman Carrying Bundle of Wood