Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1917, Juan Ferrandiz was an illustrator, writer, poet, and sculptor, receiving his education at the School of Fine Arts of Barcelona. Children, animals, and peace where the focus of his many illustrated writings. With the inspiration from his many illustrations of children and animals, in 1969, he began to design carved wooden pieces through ANRI, and became beloved by thousands who saw his pieces.
Ferrandiz designed an entire nativity set with childlike figures in two sizes: with 6” figures and 3” figures. The pieces that we have to offer are from the 6” set, all measured from the height of the standing figures. This camel and his guide are part of a set that came from the estate of a career Air Force officer and his family who traveled the world. I feel sure they purchased this set while in Italy probably around the time that Ferrandiz first started working with ANRI in the late 1960s. The camel stands 6 1/2” tall and is about 7” long and has a painted saddle blanket and pots attached to the saddle. He has a “rope” tether that is being held by his 5 ¾” tall guide or handler. The guide has yellow pants and soft orange jacket and a green and yellow cumber bun. His headpiece has soft oranges with a green carved tassel. Each figure bears Ferrandiz’s signature in the back of the stand and has Anri Italy impressed into the wood on the bottom. Each piece is hand carved to and shaded, and Ferrandiz, with his love of children and animals, gave these pieces an endearing look on their little faces. These figures are in excellent condition.
The camel handler and camel are tethered and are being sold as a set.
We have other Ferrandiz 6” creche pieces that we are listing for sale, so you can buy what you may need to fill in or to create your own nativity set.
We will give a discount on these pieces if you decide to purchase the complete set or partial set.
These would make a wonderful addition to your Christmas decorations or carved wooden figure collection. Please contact us if you have any questions. We will always consider any reasonable offer for our pieces.
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ANRI Camel and Camel Guide from 6” Nativity Set by Juan Ferrandiz