Presented is this sweet "Little Saint", a French fish seller santon by Claude Carbonel. It is a handmade clay figure used in a Christmas creche, part of a French tradition. These little images represent various characters from village life mostly in the Provence region. Santons first appeared in the 1700's-1800's during the French Revolution when churches were closed.
This one, like the others is mostly a clay figure with clothing made of French prints. The fish seller is about 10" tall and hold a basket of fish on one arm and a scale on the other. She is wearing a French blue and yellow print, nicely finished, a pink bodice, printed shawl, white cap, and a striped apron.
She stand on a clay base with an identifying gold sticker on the bottom. Great piece to accent your collection or use as an accent. The whole family is really quite wonderful!
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