A traditional vintage French Feves Christmas nativity set. The set of 25 miniature ceramic figurines has been hand painted and features the Holy family, 3 wise men, animals and traditional French villagers.
In the south of France, there is an ancient Christmas tradition. The King's cake is made each January to mark the day the three Wise Men came upon the nativity. A little ceramic figure is baked with the cake and whoever receives the slice of cake with the figurine is crowned King or Queen. In old times, a simple bean was used (Fève means bean in French) but later the tradition changed to include a collectible little figurine.
Families collect these feves over the years and the little figures are used each Christmas to build a miniature nativity scene or "crèche".
In Provence, the set always includes several villagers in traditional dress.
Each feve figurine stands approximately 1.2" tall (3 cm).
The Christmas nativity set is in good vintage condition with light signs of age and wear including small flakes to some of the figures.
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Item ref: French Feves Christmas Nativity Set, 25 Miniature Ceramic Figurines, Christian Gift
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