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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

G is for Girls, Grandad and Gallic Gunmen!

Just a quick one tonight, the photograph can tell you almost as much as I can, previously unknown to me these were at an antiques fair at Alexandra Palace this Sunday just gone, and I would assume some sort of decorative items.

The subject matter is a bit 'Dickensian', or...more like the output of both the Italian company Nardi, who - in plastic - do a lot of rural/rustic/nativity stuff and the Spanish firms who make the little terracotta people with paper hats,; Bull-fighters and maids usually, with childlike countenances.

As these are also terracotta, I'm guessing somewhere in the South-west of France? They seem to be a group of 'village' women, an older Shepard and a group of younger hunters? Any other information on these and the company - Senton - would be most welcome. Height is around 65mm.

Later - much later; Now known to be Santons, French nativity scene items


Sam's Blog said...

... It seems that they are figures used in South of France (Provence) for the Nativity .
Their name is "Santon de Provence".
tried a quick search on e-bay: nothing for this manufacturer (an old one it seems) but you can also do a search with "santon organon"...
if I'll have time, I'll do for you!

Maverick Collecting said...

Thanks Sam - I should have Googled it myself really but it was a quick post and if I Googled everything I'd never get anything published! I did wonder if 'Organon' was a department, prefecture or arondisment or something...nice when you fill in the blanks.

Thanks again

Anonymous said...

Good morning,

Senton is a medicin, produced by Organon. Organon is a pharmaceutical industry, with its roots in the Netherlands (city of Oss). They had also a branch in Brussels (Belgium).

With best regards,
Paul de Jong


Hugh Walter said...

Thanks Paul! Very useful; so you think maybe they are S'a'ntons issued as a premium of some kind with S'e'nton products?

By coincidence, there are some more Santons in the queue!