Thursday, October 29, 2009

More One-Piece Depictions of the Holy Family

I noticed that I two other one-piece nativities when I wrote the October 27 post. All of these are part of the Crèche Tableau category of my collection.

This handpainted holy family was made by the Demetz Art Studio in Italy.

It is 7" tall x 6" wide x 4 1/4"deep and has a wood base. The piece has very graceful and flowing lines:

The bottom of base has an embedded gold color disc that identifies this as a Vincenzo Demetz Figlio piece.

Next is a 12" tall stylized nativity named "Divinity." It is from Enesco’s Mahogany Miracle Series.

This series is designed by artist Ed van Rosemalen of the Netherlands. His family owns Parastone a renown European firm that is now also a manufacturer of collectibles lines such as Mahogany Miracle and Mahogany Princess.

On the bottom the stickers read: "Mahogany Miracle/ 754463/ "Divinity"/ c2000 Parastone/ Licensee Enesco Group, Inc." & "Made in China."

An earlier post presented the Mahogany Miracle nativity set, which has around a dozen pieces.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

One-Piece Depictions of the Holy Family

While there are many nativity depictions of the central figures (the Holy Family), which are presented as one unit, they often just have the individual figures linked but are actually sculpted as separate figures.

In this example the Joseph figure seems separate from the one of Mary and Baby Jesus. But they are attached as one piece.

Other one-piece nativities, - the subject of this post -- are designed with sculptural fluidity and denote the figures as emerging from one piece of material. Here are four examples from my collection.

This marble-look sculpture is very graceful. It is 9 inches tall.

This Olive wood piece was made in the Holy Land and is 9 ½ inches tall.The sculptor used the grain of the wood to suggest fabric draping.

This 12 ½ inch piece is actually also a music box. It plays "Oh Holy Night" The figures seem to emerge from a tree trunk which is spangled with the Star of Bethlehem.

This 9 ¼ inch Holy Family piece has a 10 inch companion piece depicting the Three Wise Men

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Inside Art Ornaments

Hello Friends! Just 60 days until Christmas, so I am starting to post to my nativity blog again.

Today I am sharing two of my latest nativity ornaments. They are of blown glass from Old World Christmas. They are in a star shape and painted from the inside. They are a dainty 2 1/4 inches tall. These inside art ornaments were introduced by Old World Christmas within the past couple years.

The first one is of the THREE WISEMEN kneeling with their gifts.
Note the dimensional star shape:
The second ornament depicts the FLIGHT TO EGYPT.

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