Bartholomew – the Eleventh (11th) Essential Santon for a Provençal Creche

Posted on November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bartholomew – Bartoumieu (Provençaux) is number 11 on the list of the top 20 Essential Santons for a Provençal Creche. He is available in all four Marcel Carbonel Santons sizes offered by My Growing Traditions.

A character from the nativity plays (pastorales), Bartholomew, the village innkeeper (the word innkeeper is l'Oste in Provençaux), is proudly featured on Marcel Carbonel's brochures. He is one of the most loved and comical characters of the Provençal nativity and is, in fact, often the hero of these tales. He is a simple chap: friendly, cheerful, and an all around genial soul - looking at the world with a thoroughly positive nature. He has a tendency to get a little too tipsy from time to time and the miracle he receives upon reaching the nativity is to be cured of his drunkenness.

In his hurry, he has hastily dressed and his clothing is in a bit of disarray. He traditionally brings cod (essential to the Provençal dish l'aioli) and baskets of food to the Christ Child.

For photos of the history and workshop of Carbonel enjoy our Marcel Carbonel Santons board on Pinterest.

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