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santons in Provence
Santons in Provence

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The Musée Provençal du Costume et du Bijou is paying homage to these popular, emblematic 18th and 19th century characters who gave rise to the first clay figurines, known as santons in Provence: the shepherd, the flower seller girl, the fishmonger, Margarido, and the weaver, among many others.

Fragonard remains highly committed to showcasing the importance of dress and costumes, and Provencal heritage in general. Our collaboration with the young figurine makers, or santonniers, Maxime Codou, Benjamin Rosell, and the nativity scene builder Nicolas Canet created a bridge to the museum’s collections of historical costumes. The museum is displaying five Provencal landscapes and scenes filled with approximately one hundred hand-painted santons. Facing the dressed mannequins, these miniature replicas of Provencal characters dancing la volte, picking flowers in fields, or weaving wool remind us of how much Hélène Costa and her daughters have loved these costumes.

From 19th October 2019 to 8th March 2020
The Provençal Costume and Jewelry Museum
2 rue Jean Ossola, Grasse
Tel: +33 (0)4 93 36 91 42
Open every day from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6.30 pm
Free entry

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