Santon pair de Provence
Santons are clay figurines that depict the colorful people, traditional trades, activities and costumes of Provence. Provencal Santons are made from the fine clay (argile) found in the region of Marseilles and Aubagne. Two-piece plaster molds made from original carvings are filled with the clay for molding. The piece is removed from the mold for painting before being dried and baked. The hand painting is done with great care, using bright colors and with incredible care for detail.
This pair I fell in love with. A French husband and wife sitting on their wooden stools. He reading the Provencal newspaper (a real miniature paper) and she is working her wool (real wool). The clothes are all hand made, their feet, hands, face and neck are made from clay and also painted by hand. Her height is 20cm and his is 19cm. The set weighs 758 grms. Santons are widely collected, and this pair is unique. Postage from France included.