Vintage French Santon Man Creche Figurine Provence Hand Painted Terra Cotta

Price: $53.00
Product ID : 1297
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Vintage santon figurine, man in blue with a pipe.  Santons have been made in Provence France since the late 1700's.  They are made for Nativity scenes, of terra cotta, and hand painted.  I do believe this santon has some age to it, I have not been able to find any similar to these.  He is dressed all in blue, holding a pipe with a kerchief and possible beret.  There is wear to the paint and some scuff marks.  No markings on the bottom.

Santons originated during the French Revolution when churches were forcibly closed, and the people could no longer have their large nativity sets.

I have five santons listed, to see them please use santon in the search box. 

This santon stands 4 3/4 inches tall with a 1 1/8 x 1 1/4 inch base.