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Original Heide

Elegant, memorable, stunning….Original Heide is an iconic family business which was established over fifty years ago. Their very high quality, limited edition figures are born in Pontives, in Val Gardena, Northern Italy in the Italian Alps.  The entire family is involved in the creation of the collections. With all of their designs, they specialize in the creation of dramatic nativity figures with carved wooden faces, hands and feet, that are embellished with wonderful fabrics. 

The bodies are designed by father/sculptor Heinrich who has been carving for over fifty years.  The clothing is lovingly created by his daughter Ivonne and his wife Mariarosa, together with their assistants Christine and Michaela. The intricate painting is executed with great care by his daughter Romina and her assistant Werner. The animals are created by Heinrich’s son, sculptor Gerald, who continues his studies at the Art Academy in Munich.

Custom figure designs with sufficient lead times are welcome, as are life sized figures.  Original Heide nativities are part of the collections of major museums including the Vatican in Rome. 

For the IMMANUEL COLLECTION, fabrics are starched and then each piece is individually draped on wire forms and hand painted in great detail with period authenticity and fully accessorized. 

The RUSTIKA COLLECTION represents alpine Tyrolean peasants and farmers with starched fabrics that are also
hand painted and detailed. 

The HANNAH COLLECTION features unstarched fabrics that are softly draped and may change based on availability of the fabrics and are at the discretion of the artist working on each figure.

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: Varies by size and order date. We will confirm every order availability with you. Once approved, orders cannot be cancelled. Minimum order: $300. Returns accepted only for damaged pieces.