Early 1800 Creche Religious Doll from Italy

Rich in cultural tradition this early 1800 Creche religious doll from Italy from Naples, Italy is a unique art form. Created in the seventh and eighteenth centuries to visualize the birth of the Christ child, the Presepio became .a true and realistic characters of every aspect of daily human life in 18th century Naples. These early Presepios included aristocratic figures, as well as disfigured ones, nobility dressed in silken finery to peasants dressed in cotton and wool. Through royal rivalries and adoption by the wealthy, the Creche figures were collected to display the nativity scene of the Christ child, Joseph, Mary, wise men, shepherds and accessories. A demand grew to out-do each others display creating more and more figures for the collections.

The Creche religious doll is made of detailed carved wood with glass eyes and wire wrapped with hemp bodies, the peasants sported bare feet or sandals, while the nobility and wealthy had shoes. A more rare figure might have carved head wear.

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This Creche religions dollis dressed in a quilted

style and embroidered petticoat,

cork stuffed bustle,

and lined silk dress with a

metallic lace over-skirt. The

dress features authentic

detailing in the lace and

finish. Her stomacher is

adorned 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 dupione silk with

cloisonne’ handle and ferrule.

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