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Neapolitan Presepio

The renowned pottery artisans of Naples have been making their Neapolitan Presipio figures in workshops on Via San Gregorio Armeno since the 18th century. Under the support of King Charles III, the once life-sized nativity figures carved of wood, created for elaborate church displays, evolved to the miniature terra cotta figures of today, an art form that blends sculpting, painting, fashion and tailoring. Today the Neapolitan Presepio is a widely-known Naples Christmas tradition. 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-- medieval town squares, villages with thatched cottages and spinning water wheels.

The renowned pottery artisans of Naples have been making their Neapolitan Presipio figures in workshops on Via San Gregorio Armeno since the 18th century. Under the support of King Charles III, the once life-sized nativity figures carved of wood, created for elaborate church displays, evolved to the miniature terra cotta figures of today, an art form that blends sculpting, painting, fashion and tailoring. Today the Neapolitan Presepio is a widely-known Naples Christmas tradition. 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-- 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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6-piece, Clothed, Neapolitan Presepio Nativty Set
Neapolitan nativity set consists of 6, hand-painted, terra-cotta figurines with fabric clothing
The figurines measure 12 cm tall and are handcrafted by Gambardella Pastori in Naples, Italy
SKU: PO-5_01
$175.00
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Glass Domed Neapolitan Nativity Scene, 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
$89.00
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Glass-Domed Neapolitan Nativity Scene, 28 cm.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
$159.00
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Nativity Set, Neapolitan Presepio, 7 pieces, 12 cm
Six pieces, hand-painted terra cotta Nativity Set by Gambardella Pastori in Naples, Italy
Adult figures, wise men, Mary, Joseph measure 12 cm tall.
SKU: PO-5_02
$145.00
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Neapolitan Terra-Cotta, Hanging Angel, 8-inch
Hanging angel, swarthed in orange and tan robing, handcrafted in Naples by Gambardella Pastori
Terra-cotta angel measures 8 inches tall, hangs from a hook on the wall or a fishline from the ceiling.
SKU: PO-5_03
$95.00
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