Mr. Jourdan – the Twelfth (12th) Essential Santon for a Provençal Creche

Posted on December 02, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mr. Jourdan - Monsieur Jourdan (French) is number 12 on the list of the top 20 Essential Santons for a Provençal Creche. He is available in three of the Marcel Carbonel Santons sizes offered by My Growing Traditions:  Size 3, Size 2, and Size 1.

Stemming from the early Christmas play, the Pastorale of Antoine Maurel, Mr. Jourdan and his wife, Margarido, are symbols of the middle class. Margarido is the eighth essential Santons for a Provencal Creche, and clearly where she goes, he goes.

Margarido is infamous as a woman with a very bad temper who nags her husband.  In the Pastorale, Roustido belatedly, as a latecomer, and in the middle of the night, beckons the couple to scurry to the Stable.  Margarido comfortably and proudly rides her donkey, while trying to hurry along her husband as he trudges along beside them.

Mr. Jourdan is nattily dressed in his "opera hat, cravate, embroidered waistcoast, white stockings and shoes with silver buckles." He brings a basket filled with food to the nativity. (Carbonel Dictionary)

You may enjoy our Pinterest Board on Marcel Carbonel Santons for photos of history and the making of Santons.


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