FONTANINI ITALY RETIRED 5" MUSIC CART 10PC NATIVITY VILLAGE SET 56576 NIB

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FONTANINI ITALY RETIRED 5" MUSIC CART 10PC NATIVITY VILLAGE SET 56576 NIB

Italian Creche - at the top of the precipio .. in Italy Christmas Eve and Day is for religious worship only.  Everyone has precipios and creches in every corner of every corner.  Christmas Day is the start of the "12 days of Christmas" ending on Jan 6 ... which is New's Years and La Bafana brings presents to all the good little boys and girls and this is the commercial side of Christmas.

A Neapolitan Presepio and its Makers

Painting-  Unfinished pieces are distributed to artisans in their homes for decoration. Decoration is completely handmade and  probably the most fascinating part of the process. @Fontanini

Painting- Unfinished pieces are distributed to artisans in their homes for decoration. Decoration is completely handmade and probably the most fascinating part of the process.

His sons Mario  and  Aldo worked on the expansion of a small workshop, which had already become a real little figurine factory in 1936. The Fontanini family soon started to export the nativities scenes, Mario's speciality, and the papier mache figurines into the USA. @Debbie Williams

His sons Mario and Aldo worked on the expansion of a small workshop, which had already become a real little figurine factory in 1936. The Fontanini family soon started to export the nativities scenes, Mario's speciality, and the papier mache figurines into the USA. @Debbie Williams

This was the original Fontanini symbol of authenticity which was later replaced by the fountain we use in our logos today. Why the spider you ask? Because Emanuele Fontanini, the Founder of Fontanini, started his business by producing papier-mâché spiders suspended from springs, thus the spider. @Debbie Williams

This was the original Fontanini symbol of authenticity which was later replaced by the fountain we use in our logos today. Why the spider you ask? Because Emanuele Fontanini, the Founder of Fontanini, started his business by producing papier-mâché spiders suspended from springs, thus the spider. @Debbie Williams

Fontanini's cent logo, which displays "Fontanini since (dal) 1908" has been used to show figure authenticity. This logo is applied to a coin then embedded or placed on larger statues or underneath some figures. @Debbie Williams

Fontanini's cent logo, which displays "Fontanini since (dal) has been used to show figure authenticity. This logo is applied to a coin then embedded or placed on larger statues or underneath some figures.

Emanuele Fontanini, the family's progenitor, who was strong in this tradition, exported the art of the figurine to some European capitals in 1893.

Emanuele Fontanini, the family's progenitor, who was strong in this tradition, exported the art of the figurine to some European capitals in

In the 1960's, Mario headed up the company's first large-scale technological revolution: the arrival of the plastic and the production by injecting into moulds. @Debbie Williams

In the Mario headed up the company's first large-scale technological revolution: the arrival of the plastic and the production by injecting into moulds.

Who remembers the Fontanini Collector's Club?

Who remembers the Fontanini Collector's Club?

Pope John Paul II with the Fontanini Family and 50" Nativity Set.

Pope John Paul II with the Fontanini Family and Nativity Set.

The gentleman sitting is Ugo Fontanini, he was the President of Fontanini. He is also the father of Emanuele and Stefano Fontanini. The other two men are his brothers; to the left is Mariano, he was responsible for production. The one on the right is Piero; he is the father of Marco and Luca Fontanini. He was responsible for sales.

Ron meets the renowned members of the family in the After a few years, Roman became Fontanini's exclusive North American distributor.

Great grandson and namesake of the House of Fontanini's founder, Emanuele began his apprenticeship in the Nativity crafting process as a young boy and studied all facets of the  business at his father Ugo's side.

Great grandson and namesake of the House of Fontanini's founder, Emanuele began his apprenticeship in the Nativity crafting process as a young boy and studied all facets of the business at his father Ugo's side.

Did you know that Roman's life-sized nativity set was featured in the popular 90s Christmas movie, Home Alone? It sure was! @Fontanini

Did you know that Roman's life-sized nativity set was featured in the popular Christmas movie, Home Alone?

The fourth generation leaders of Fontanini. From left to right, Emanuele, Luca, Marco, and Stefano Fontanini. @Debbie Williams

The fourth generation leaders of Fontanini. From left to right, Emanuele, Luca, Marco, and Stefano Fontanini.

A stunning image used for the back cover of our 100-year celebratory Masterpiece Collection catalog. This image depicts memories of ,the then 28-year-old, Emaunele Fontanini's one-room shop where he began crafting his own figures after studying with the best artisans in Europe around 1908. @Debbie Williams

A stunning image used for the back cover of our 100-year celebratory Masterpiece Collection catalog. This image depicts memories of ,the then 28-year-old, Emaunele Fontanini's one-room shop where he began crafting his own figures after studying with the best artisans in Europe around 1908. @Debbie Williams

The last representatives of this hard-working category of figurine-makers still live in the area who have passed their craft down from generation to generation.

The last representatives of this hard-working category of figurine-makers still live in the area who have passed their craft down from generation to generation.

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