"Born in 1960, our company handles the tradition of the crib from father to son. We handle everything that concerns the crib: from the construction material (cork, moss, lights etc.) to a series of shepherds like Landi and Fontanini. But also Neapolitan terracotta shepherds which are our tradition. We also sell paintings, prints and other articles relating to classical and modern art."
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Neapolitan Terracotta Arts,
tow body and cloth clothes;
Head, hands and feet are made of clay, with the help of small wooden sticks to shape the material.
After a natural drying process, it is baked at 980 ° C.
After baking the clay becomes terracotta and the glass eyes are applied.
Then we continue with the coloring: many shades of colors to give delicate and realistic tones to the figures. After that to the coating.
The various components are applied to a mannequin made of iron wire covered with hemp tow that allows the movement of the limbs.
Finally the assembled shepherd is ready to be dressed; everything is hand-sewn, the clothes are made “to measure” by applying trimmings,
embroidery and lace to add more details to the pastor.
A bit of history...
A curious character, that of the Gobbo (in the Neapolitan language “ò scartellate”), entered the popular imagination as a true symbol of good luck.
The Neapolitan culture has assigned to this figure the important function of chasing away the evil eye and giving those who touch it a bit of luck.
Its role is so important that it even appears in the Smorfia: its number is 57, without a doubt one of the most fortunate of the Neapolitan cabala.