Crèche

A work made of figures: polychromed terracotta heads with painted glass eyes, wooden limbs, and bodies of wire wrapped in hemp; clothing made variously of 18th- or 19th-century silks, cottons, linens, leather, and paper, some with metallic threads; some figures with additional elements in gold, silver, pearl, coral, ivory, bone, and wood; additional smaller figures composed entirely of polychromed terracotta or polychromed carved wood

animals: polychromed terracotta, painted wood, iron, and lead; some with painted glass eyes and additional elements in leather, string, and metal

objects: painted terracotta, copper, iron, silver or other metals, ceramic, wax, raw clay, paper, glass, fabric, string, straw, basket fibers, alabaster, and marble

furniture: wood, metal, leather, and fabric

setting: cork, wood, papier-mâché, twigs, and moss with watercolor and gouache

the crèche is housed in a 19th-century cabinet with a late-18th-century carved and gilded cornice..
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  • A work made of figures: polychromed terracotta heads with painted glass eyes, wooden limbs, and bodies of wire wrapped in hemp; clothing made variously of 18th- or 19th-century silks, cottons, linens, leather, and paper, some with metallic threads; some figures with additional elements in gold, silver, pearl, coral, ivory, bone, and wood; additional smaller figures composed entirely of polychromed terracotta or polychromed carved wood

animals: polychromed terracotta, painted wood, iron, and lead; some with painted glass eyes and additional elements in leather, string, and metal

objects: painted terracotta, copper, iron, silver or other metals, ceramic, wax, raw clay, paper, glass, fabric, string, straw, basket fibers, alabaster, and marble

furniture: wood, metal, leather, and fabric

setting: cork, wood, papier-mâché, twigs, and moss with watercolor and gouache

the crèche is housed in a 19th-century cabinet with a late-18th-century carved and gilded cornice..

Date:

mid–18th century

Artist:

Naples, Italy

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European Painting and Sculpture

Title

Crèche

Origin

Naples

Date

1725–1775

Medium

Figures: Polychromed terracotta heads with painted glass eyes, wooden limbs, and bodies of wire wrapped in hemp; clothing made variously of 18th- or 19th-century silks, cottons, linens, leather, and paper, some with metallic threads; some figures with additional elements in gold, silver, pearl, coral, ivory, bone, and wood; additional smaller figures composed entirely of polychromed terracotta or polychromed carved wood Animals: Polychromed terracotta, painted wood, iron, and lead; some with painted glass eyes and additional elements in leather, string, and metal Objects: Painted terracotta, copper, iron, silver or other metals, ceramic, wax, raw clay, paper, glass, fabric, string, straw, basket fibers, alabaster, and marble Furniture: Wood, metal, leather, and fabric Setting: Cork, wood, papier-mâché, twigs, and moss with watercolor and gouache The crèche is housed in a 19th-century cabinet with a late-18th-century carved and gilded cornice.

Dimensions

430 × 465 × 140 cm (overall)

Credit Line

Restricted gifts of Mr. and Mrs. James N. Bay and Linda and Vincent Buonanno and Family; Eloise W. Martin Legacy Fund; restricted gifts of Ruth Ann Gillis and Michael McGuinnis and Mrs. Robert O. Levitt; Charles H. and Mary F. Worcester Collection Fund

Reference Number

2013.59

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