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Marolin Nativities

In 1900, Richard  and Minna Mahr of Steinach, Germany founded the company for the creation of exquisite figurines.  It was not long before his finally detailed paper-mache figures were known internationally.  Richard designed all the molds along with Julies Weigelt. 

Despite business being curtailed after the Berlin Wall was erected, in 1990 Mahr’s descendants were able to renew his legacy to the joy of collectors and connoisseurs worldwide.    Marolin figures are made completely by hand with the special mixture of fine paper-mache originally created by Richard. Paper mache traditions go back to the middle of the 19th century. The formula is a careful combination of kaolin, chalk, paper fibers, organic paste and clay. Copper wire reinforcement is also used for parts of the figure design.

Individual pieces are cast and hand assembled. Painters, all master craftsmen, give the figurines their unique character and vitality with a glowing antique patina worthy of heirloom nativity figures.

The 5th generation of the Mahr family continues to produce the fine items that are sought after around the world…figures that are still made from the finest molds of that genre for over 100 years.   Nativity figures that we import at 12 cm or approximately 4.75” for a standing Joseph.  All figures are beautifully and carefully boxed.  For more information, visit

All orders are shipped directly from their studios in Europe. Shipping costs from Europe and within the continental U.S are INCLUDED in our prices. Inventory: Open stock and generally available for immediate shipment. We will confirm availability with you. Once approved, orders cannot be cancelled. Minimum order: $300. Returns accepted only for damaged pieces.