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French Santons have a rich and meaningful history, beginning with figures for the nativity scene. As time passed figures were produced to represent actual people in their daily life in Provence around the time of the French Revolution.
The faces, hands and feet of each figure are hand-made of clay. Each small detail has been carefully sculpted. All the accessories and clothing is unique and hand-made. The older gentleman has wire glasses and holds a pretty little twig basket. His shirt and scarf are of the brilliantly colored fabric so typical of the South. His wife wears the beautiful lace bonnet of the period. She is knitting and holds two needles with a partially finished work in her hands. Her dress, pinafore and underskirt are all of the brightly colored fabric of Provence. She also has wire glasses. She has a sweet expression on her face.
They sit on a hand-made walnut bench with a beautiful rush seat. The bench measures 7 1/4" wide, 3" deep and 7" tall. Seated, the man measures 9" tall and the lady 8 1/2" tall. The Santons are in very good condition with little wear. The bench is in good and solid condition.
They are an enchanting and historical little part of Provence.
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Pair of Vintage French Santon Dolls
French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Sewing, Religious, Bronze Figures-French Books and Bindings