137
137
Italy, 1750-60
A TERRACOTTA NATIVITY SCENE
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 6,000 GBP
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137
Italy, 1750-60
A TERRACOTTA NATIVITY SCENE
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 6,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Italy, 1750-60
A TERRACOTTA NATIVITY SCENE
Nativity scene on the left within rustic and classicising architectural setting, signed and dated above the right-hand arch ALEXNDH / BROLIO SNE / EPOIEI ETEI / CP(h)HHP(a)P(p)III, with cameo scene to right of arch inscribed ROMA
Signed: Brolio in greek lettering and dated in attic numerals 175?
32 by 37.5cm., 12½ by 14¾in.

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Catalogue Note

It has often been stated that the origin and tradition of the Christmas crèche was the crib set up in the forest of Grecchio in Umbria in 1233 by Francis of Assisi for the Christmas Mass. This tradition was particularly popular in Italy from the seventeenth and eighteenth century  with the major centres of production in Sicily, Naples and Genoa.  The sculptor of the present crèche signed Brolio is apparently unrecorded.

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