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Neapolitan Crèche Set

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Price: $225.00 $112.50
Member Price: $202.50 $101.25

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Description

In 1964, Loretta Hines Howard presented the Metropolitan Museum with her collection of eighteenth-century Neapolitan crche figures; since then, the annual installation of the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crche in the Medieval Sculpture Hall has become a cherished tradition. Our dramatic Nativity scene is based on original eighteenth-century figures in the Museums collection.

Includes 5 pieces. Cast resin, hand painted. Gift boxed. Joseph: 8''H; Virgin Mary: 5 1/2''H; Baby Jesus in Manger: 2''H; Column Ruin Backdrop: 13 1/2''H x 12 1/4''W.

  • Includes 5 pieces
  • Cast resin, hand painted
  • Gift boxed
  • Joseph: 8''H; Virgin Mary: 5 1/2''H; Baby Jesus in Manger: 2''H; Column Ruin Backdrop: 13 1/2''H x 12 1/4''W

Art History

The crafting of Christmas crches originated as a devotional practice in Europe in the Middle Ages. The custom of building large crches with a multitude of figures was already well established in Naples when Charles III of Bourbon became king in 1734. Partly because of the kings special interest in the practice, and partly due to the general revival of all the arts in Naples during his reign, the making of crche figures gathered momentum. The most gifted sculptors of Naples were asked to lend their talents to the task. Crches became increasingly elaborate as hundreds of figures and innovations were added.

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Description

In 1964, Loretta Hines Howard presented the Metropolitan Museum with her collection of eighteenth-century Neapolitan crche figures; since then, the annual installation of the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crche in the Medieval Sculpture Hall has become a cherished tradition. Our dramatic Nativity scene is based on original eighteenth-century figures in the Museums collection.

Includes 5 pieces. Cast resin, hand painted. Gift boxed. Joseph: 8''H; Virgin Mary: 5 1/2''H; Baby Jesus in Manger: 2''H; Column Ruin Backdrop: 13 1/2''H x 12 1/4''W.





  • Includes 5 pieces
  • Cast resin, hand painted
  • Gift boxed
  • Joseph: 8''H; Virgin Mary: 5 1/2''H; Baby Jesus in Manger: 2''H; Column Ruin Backdrop: 13 1/2''H x 12 1/4''W




Art History

The crafting of Christmas crches originated as a devotional practice in Europe in the Middle Ages. The custom of building large crches with a multitude of figures was already well established in Naples when Charles III of Bourbon became king in 1734. Partly because of the kings special interest in the practice, and partly due to the general revival of all the arts in Naples during his reign, the making of crche figures gathered momentum. The most gifted sculptors of Naples were asked to lend their talents to the task. Crches became increasingly elaborate as hundreds of figures and innovations were added.


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