Presented here is a vintage French santon that represents a gentlemanly mayor. He was created by a famous artist, H. Cavasse. A santon, which means "little saint" 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.
The mayor has a clay handpainted face, and clay hands and feet. His clothing is well made, wool and flannel. The coat is lined, tiny buttons on his flowered vest. French colors are tied on his waist. He is mostly immobile but his arms can be posed. He holds an important piece of paper. He is about 9.5" tall including the stand. I find all the santons to have very sweet, smiling faces.
I will be adding 5 more santons to my shop in the next few days.