NEW BRAUNFELS, TX.-
A single lot special seasonal auction of Neapolitan Christmas créche figures, dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries, offered by Lark Mason Associates, is still open for bidding through January 12th on iGavelAuctions.com
. The comprehensive collection offered includes a group of winged angels, the three magi, musicians, and many other figures and animals. The three magi are of particular interest, each boasting a gem studded metal crown with finely crafted clothing, all three bear matching metal swords with lion pommels. The annual tradition of setting up the Christmas Créche is still alive and well in many homes throughout the world.
Says Lark Mason: This auction offers an opportunity for those who celebrate this time-honored tradition to add to their collection or for new entrants to begin a fun and beautiful way to celebrate the Christmas season.
Naples, Italy is known for extravagant works of art, Pompeii and Herculaneum and the beautiful bay of Naples but lesser known is its reputation as the center of production for carved wood, pottery and fabric créche figures created for elaborate biblical nativity scenes. Created as visual representations of Christs birth and the Christmas story, créche figures were made in local workshops in Naples. The finest examples have beautifully embroidered silk and metallic thread costumes, with metal swords, musical instruments, tools, and leather bags and clothing representing the entire social strata of the small Italian hill towns and cities that displayed these scenes during the Advent and Christmas season.
Among the highlights all from the 19th century are an Italian Neapolitan Polychrome Wood and Terracotta Bagpiper; an Italian Neapolitan Polychrome Wood and Terracotta Mother with Child; Three Italian Neapolitan Polychrome Wood and Terracotta Noble Ladies; and Three Magi Italian Neapolitan Wood and Terracotta Figures.
The sale of more than 65 figures and objects is currently on view at Lark Mason Associates in New Braunfels, Texas, at 210 West Mill Street.