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Nativity Art Of Naples, Italy


Since the 18th century, Naples' artisan families have created their Neapolitan pastori figures in workshops on Via San Gregorio Armeno, an alley in the Centro Storico heart of Naples. Established under King Charles III, artisans made life-sized nativity figures carved of wood, destined for elaborate church displays. Over generations, they evolved to the smaller , terra cotta figures of today. The artisans fire them then hand-paint them and often clothe them in elaborate costumes. It’s an art form that blends sculpting, painting, fashion and tailoring. The Neapolitan Presepio (nativity scene) is Italy’s high art contribution to the world’s beloved Christmas traditions.

The renowned pottery artisans of Naples have been making their Neapolitan nativity figures, called pastori, in since the 18th century. In the early decades, the artworks were life-sized nativity figures carved of wood, created for elaborate church displays. Under the support of King Charles III, they evolved to the miniature terra cotta figures of today, an art form that blends sculpting, painting, fashion and tailoring. Today the Neapolitan pastori are a widely-known Naples Christmas tradition, renowned for their meticulous attention for detail. Figures are fired in terra-cotta, then hand-painted and often clothed in elaborate costumes. You will find the usual nativity figures here, the holy family, the three Magi, angels, donkeys and oxen. But in Naples, they love to arrange these figures in elaborate settings called Presepio-- medieval town squares, villages with thatched cottages and spinning water wheels.

READ MORE: The Neapolitan Nativity Scene.

The terra cotta and glass-domed figures we offer here are made completely by hand, in the workshop of Gambardella Pastori, located on Via. S. Gregorio Armeno in Napoli. This is a third-generation family workshop.

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Glass-Domed Neapolitan Nativity Scene, 28 cm. (11-inch) tall
Neapolian presepe under glass, holy family nativity scene amidst Roman ruins, dome on wooden base measures 28 cm tall, 11 inches. The base measures 18 cm. in diameter.

Nativity scene under glass dome features hand-painted terra-cotta figures, made in Naples, Italy by the family workshop of Gambardella Pastori
SKU: PO-5_04
$129.00
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Nativity Set, Neapolitan Pastori, 7 pieces, 12 cm. tall (4.5-inch)
Six pieces, hand-painted terra cotta Nativity Set by Gambardella Pastori in Naples, Italy

The adult figures, wise men, Mary, Joseph measure 12 cm tall.
SKU: PO-5_02
$145.00
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Neapolitan Hanging Angel, terra-cotta, 12-inch, (30 cm.) tan/blue/white
Hanging angel, swathed in tan, blue and white robing, handcrafted in Naples, Italy by Di Virgilio workshop.
Elegant, terra-cotta angel measures 12 inches tall from head to toes, hangs from a hook on the wall or a fishline from the ceiling.
SKU: PO-5_20
$295.00
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Neapolitan Hanging Nativity Angel, terra-cotta,10-inch, green/yellow/tam
Hanging angel, swathed in green robe, handcrafted in Naples, Italy by Di Virgilio workshop.
Handcrafted, terra-cotta angel measures 10 inches tall from toes to head, hangs from a hook on the wall or a fishline from the ceiling.
SKU: PO-5_21
$145.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Angel Figurine, terra cotta (8-inch, 20 cm.) white/turquoise/pink
Hanging angel, swathed in white, turquoise and pink robing. Handcrafted in Naples, Italy by Gambardella Pastori.

Handcrafted, Neapolitan nativity angel figurine, made of terra-cotta measure 8 inches tall from head to toes. Robing is dipped in tea to achieve antique look.
SKU: PO-5_28
$115.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Angel Figurine, terra cotta, (10-inch, 25 cm.) grey/olive/pink
Angel nativity figurine, swathed in grey, olive and pink robing, features glass eyes. Handcrafted in Naples, Italy by Gambardella Pastori.

Handcrafted, Neapolitan nativity angel figurine, made of terra-cotta, measures 10 inches from head to toes, hangs from a hook on the wall or a fishline from the ceiling.
SKU: PO-5_30
$145.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Angel Figurine, terra cotta, (10-inch, 25 cm.) grey/pink/green
Neapolitan nativity angel, handcrafted in Naples, Italy by Gambardella Pastori workshop.

Neapolitan nativity angel figurine, made of terra-cotta, measures 10 inches tall from head to toes, hangs from a hook on a wall or a fishline from the ceiling.
SKU: PO-5_33
$145.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Angel Figurine, terra cotta, (10-inch, 25 cm.), white/pink/blue #2
Hanging angel, swathed in white, blue and pink robing, hand-painted with glass eyes. Made in Naples, Italy by Gambardella Pastori.
Angel figurine, made of terra cotta, measures 10 inches tall, measured from head to toes. Hangs from a hook on a wall.
SKU: PO-5_32
$145.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Angel Figurine, terra cotta, (8-inch, 20 cm.), grey/turquoise/pink
Angel nativity figurine, swathed in antique-look white, blue and pink robing. Handcrafted in Naples, Italy by Gambardella Pastori.

Handcrafted, Neapolitan nativity angel figurine, made of terra-cotta measure 8 inches tall from head to toes, hangs from a hook on the wall or a fishline from the ceiling.
SKU: PO-5_27
$115.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Angel, terra cotta, (10.5-inch, 27 cm.) lavender/mustard/orange
Neapolitan presepe hanging angel, swathed in robing dipped in tea to give it an aged look. Handcrafted in Naples, Italy by Gambardella Pastori.

Handcrafted, Neapolitan nativity angel figurine, made of terra-cotta, measures 10.5 inches tall from head to toes, hangs from a hook on the wall or a fishline from the ceiling.
SKU: PO-5_29
$145.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Angel, terra-cotta, (10-inch, 25 cm.) grey/yellow/red
Neapolitan nativity angel, handcrafted in Naples, Italy by Gambardella Pastori workshop.
Terra-cotta angel measures 10 inches tall from toes to head, hangs from a hook on the wall or a fishline from the ceiling.
SKU: PO-5_08
$145.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Angel, terra-cotta, (10-inch, 27 cm.), white/pink/blue
Hanging nativity angel, swathed in white, blue and pink robing dipped in tea to give it an aged look. Handcrafted in Naples, Italy by Gambardella Pastori.

Handcrafted, Neapolitan nativity angel figurine, made of terra-cotta, measures 10 inches tall from head to toes, hangs from a hook on the wall or a fishline from the ceiling.
SKU: PO-5_31
$145.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Angel, terra-cotta, (9-inch, 23 cm.) brown/orange/green
Hanging angel, terra cotta figurine, handcrafted in Naples by Gambardella Pastori

Nativity angel measures 9 inches tall, hangs from a hook on the wall or a fishline from the ceiling.
SKU: PO-5_03
$115.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Angel, terra-cotta, (9-inch, 23 cm.), brown/red/orange
Hanging angel, swathed in brown, red and orange robing. Handcrafted in Naples, Italy by Gambardella Pastori.

Terra-cotta angel measures 9 inches tall from head to toes, hangs from a hook on the wall or a fishline from the ceiling.
SKU: PO-5_10
$115.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Angel, terra-cotta, 11-inch, (28 cm.) brown/yellow/white
Hanging angel, swathed in brown, white and yellow robing. Handcrafted in Naples, Italy by Di Virgilio workshop.
Handcrafted, terra-cotta angel measures 11 inches tall from head to toes, hangs from a hook on the wall or a fishline from the ceiling.
SKU: PO-5_19
$295.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Scene under glass dome, 10 cm. tall
Nativity scene under glass dome made in Naples, Italy by Gambardella Pastori
Domed nativity scene features hand-painted, terra cotta figures, measures 10 cm tall, 4 inches.
SKU: PO-5_06
$24.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Scene, Holy Family, under glass dome, 11 cm. tall.
Miniature nativity scene under glass dome made in Naples, Italy by Gambardella Pastori
Domed nativity scene features hand-painted, terra cotta figures, measures 11 cm tall, 4 1/4 inches tall.
SKU: PO-5_07
$24.00
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Neapolitan Nativity Scene, under glass dome, 18 cm. tall.
Neapolitan presepe under glass, holy family nativity scene amidst Roman ruins, dome on wooden base measures 18 cm tall, 7 inches. The base measures 14 cm. in diameter.
Nativity scene under glass dome features hand-painted terra-cotta figures, made in Naples, Italy by Gambardella Pastori
SKU: PO-5_05
$79.00
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Neapolitan Pazzariello, town crier, terra-cotta presepio figurine
Traditional Naples town crier figurine, hand-painted pottery figure
One of a kind Pazzariello, handcrafted by Gambardella Pastori, measures 10 inches tall, including wooden base.
SKU: PO-5_11
$119.00
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Neapolitan Presepio Nativity Set, 8-piece, clothed
Neapolitan nativity set consists of 8, hand-painted, terra-cotta figurines with fabric clothing
The figurines measure 4 3/4 inch (12 cm) tall and are handcrafted by Gambardella Pastori in Naples, Italy
SKU: PO-5_01
$169.00
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