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This is an excellent example of the Neapolitan Crèche figure of the late 18th early 19th century. This lady has a deeply modeled and expressive face terra cotta head and hands, sculpted and painted hair and facial features, with glass eyes and masterful painting. Not surprising given her age and the material she has some loss to the gesso and paint on her forehead and hair as well as hands. I prefer this to repainting. Her body is cloth with wire armature wrapped in hemp. Her legs and shoes are of carved wood. The shoes are detailed mules. She wears her original silk costume, which has some melting. She would be an excellent addition to a crèche scene or a collection of early dolls.
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13.5 inch Antique Neapolitan Crèche Woman all original
$487 USD SOLD
Carmel or Indpls.
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