This trio of polychrome figures are the 8-inch (20 cm) creche figures created by Ulrich Bernardi for ANRI, Italy. Each piece was beautifully carved in maple and painted by hand. The baby looks like an Andrea del Verrocchio putto with his curly locks and chubby legs. Mary’s pink robe and blue veil drape naturally as she leans in toward Jesus. Joseph carries a staff in one hand and a lantern in the other. His perfectly carved feet are shod in humble sandals.
Joseph stands at 20 cm, (just under 8 inches) and is the measurement after which the set is scaled. He no longer has his ANRI stickers.
Mary is 6 inches high and has both ANRI stickers as well as a handwritten model number, 797502. The gold label with green print was used from 1954 to 1967. There are three small spots of paint loss on her blue veil just under her left hand.
Baby Jesus is just under 3 inches and the manger with its two ANRI stickers is approximately 3.75 inches long.
The set is in beautiful vintage condition and a rare find.
A companion piece, The Standing King (Balthazar), is also listed in my shop.
Anri Holy Family Nativity by Ulrich Bernardi, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, in Color
USPS Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box
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