18th Century Neapolitan Creche’ Doll

This 18th century Neapolitan Creche’ doll  from Naples, Italy  is a unique art form and rich in cultural tradition,   Created in the seventh and eighteenth centuries to visualize the birth of the Christ child in a nativity scene , the Presepio was made up of true and realistic characters from every aspect of daily human life in 18th century Naples.  These early Presepios included peasants, aristocratic figures, as well as disfigured ones, nobility dressed in silken finery while peasants dressed in cotton and wool.    The wealthy of the era had  rivalries  on who could attain the largest and most extensive display.  The 18th Century Neapolitan Creche’ Doll  figures were initially collected to display the nativity scene of the Christ child, Joseph, Mary, wise men, shepherds.  After the initial display was complete, not be be outdone,  additional citizens were created depicting every aspect of life of the era.   A demand grew to out do each others’ display creating more and more figures for the collections.

The Creche’ figures are made of detailed carved wood with painted eyes that look almost glass  and wire wrapped hemp bodies.  The peasant figures generally had  bare feet or sandals because only the wealthy could afford real shoes.  The wealthy and nobility  had shoes and more rare figure might have  carved head wear such as this doll.

This figure is dressed in aquilted style and embroideredpetticoat, cork stuffed bustle,and lined silk dress with ametallic lace over-skirt.  Thedress features authenticdetailing in the lace andfinish. Her stomacher isadorned with tiny 1800’s

red French glass beads

that are 1/3 the size of

glass beads today. It also

has original metal clasps

to hold the silk tie ribbon.

To finish her assemble is

a brass pole umbrella of

black  silk with  cloisonne’

handle and ferrule.

   
   
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