• In a region known for its wood carving, Nordic wooden Nativity Scenes are a rarity.  The figures and stable in this Julekrybbe, inspired by medieval sculpture, were crafted by Henning, a Norwegian woodcarving studio established in 1947 by Henning Engelsen.  The design and color choices reflect the local traditions.  Now under the management of Henning’s Daughters, Christl and Angelina, and son-in-law Bjarne Espedal, the workshop continues to carve and paint the figures by hand.   The original Navidad Nativities setting was inspired by Scandinavian simplicity and the enchantment of a Nordic winter’s night. Nestled in a forest of frosty Norway spruce trees, among the shimmering drifted snow, this Nativity is a calm serenity among the bustle of the season.
  • CURRENTLY ON EXHIBIT AND FOR SALE AT THE SACRED ART GALLERY IN SCOTTSDALE AZ. The Cloche Creche is an intimate presentation of the nativity in a sparkling glass dome.  The focus is primarily on the Holy Family, with two lambs and two sheep (one tucked in the grotto at the back) and cherubs floating above.  This piece is crafted almost entirely of wood, and can be viewed from all sides.  The Original Ulrich figures are hand painted wood, from the sculpture studios of Ulrich Perathoner in Val Gardena, in the Italian Alps.  The Joseph figure is approximately 4.75” high.  The overall cloche is nestled on a 9” round wood base, and is about 17.5” high (without the rotating turntable).  The setting includes a hand crafted silk palm tree and Corinthian column, as well as an intricate hand made copper wire tree.  Included in the presentation is permanent balsam wreath that measures 19” across.  Also included is a jeweler’s turntable so that the nativity can be displayed in either one position or rotating for an unusual 360 degree presentation.  The glass dome makes displaying and storing very easy.

    As with all Navidad nativities, a piece of rock from the hills of Umbria outside of Assisi is included in the setting as a tribute to St. Francis who created the first nativity in 1223.

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  • This truly unique freestanding nativity is encased in a sparkling glass conservatory. The stand is a copper colored, antiqued metal construction with burled maple shelf and inset panels. The nativity features the Holy Family, two sheep, two lambs, a ram, an ox, donkey and the angel hovering over the setting. LED lights add a soft glow to the entire presentation. Figures are from the Saviour Collection and the sculpture studios of Ulrich Perathoner in Val Gardena, northern Italy. The Joseph figure is approximately 6” tall. Overall size of the nativity is 14” w x 14” d x 50” h. The creche can be displayed with or without the glass enclosure. It includes the crackled copper vase and silks. This Nativity is over-sized and comes in multiple pieces.  Therefore, shipping is not included.  Call to discuss delivery options.
  • This nativity is truly one of a kind.  It features alluring nativity figures from The Studio Marolin in Steinach in the section formerly known as East Germany.  The classic figures are created using a special paper mache mixture of kaolin, chalk, paper fibers, organic paste and clay.  Each figure is individually poured, in molds that were buried for over 40 years to protect them from destruction during the war and occupation.  Each figure takes up to three weeks to produce, and is finished, painted and antiqued by master artists.

    The spectacular setting includes a hand made, solid wood architectural Half Dome from Authentic Models that we have adapted to allow the graceful arches of classic architecture to embrace the Holy Family.  As Christ was born for the world, representations of the birth have always been presented in many different settings.  The manger is backed by a solid wood panel that we have hand painted with a glowing renaissance dusk sky in soft tones of peach, cream and blues. Hand spun hemp trees and intricate copper wire grapevines enhance the iconic setting.  This piece is not internally lit but can easily be surrounded by tiny fairy or rice lights and fresh greens.  The overall size is approximately 20” high by 21” wide by 11” deep.

    As with all Navidad nativities, a piece of rock from the hills of Umbria outside of Assisi is included in the setting as a tribute to St. Francis who created the first nativity in 1223.

  • Stunning. Remarkable.  Distinctive.  Classic. The word duomo derives from the Latin word domus, meaning “house”, as a cathedral is the “house of God”, or domus Dei.  This one of a kind all wood nativity ‘houses’ the Holy Family in an intimate, glowing setting, under a soaring dome and nestled in a grove of hand made palm trees.  We have adapted this all wood piece from Architectural Models to represent the influence of the church and expressions of faith during the Christmas season. Intricate Architectural Models are created in cherry and birch wood, beautifully finished in subtle shades of light and dark honey and incorporate sinuous curves and arches.  All pieces are resplendent with a distressed French finish. Note the angelic cherubs circling the very top of the cupola.  And peer into the dome to see the amazing detail inside. The superb renaissance style wooden figures are the Rainell Collection.  Carved from alpine maple and hand painted at the sculpture studios of Pema Woodcarvings, these elegant carvings truly capture the tradition of Christmas. The standing Joseph figure is approximately 4.33” tall.  And the nativity setting, on a gold painted octagonal base with a 15” diameter measures 26” high.  The entire scene is enhanced with 4 adjustable LED micro lights. As with all Navidad nativities, a piece of rock from the hills of Umbria outside of Assisi is included in the setting as a tribute to St. Francis who created the first nativity in 1223.
  • This completely organic nativity scene is created with all natural materials. The sublimely carved sculptural figures from the Leonardo Collection are crafted from alpine maple created by the Rowi Studios in Val Gardena in the soaring Italian Alps. These figures are available in a natural finish or in an elegant stained version and in several different sizes.  Figures in this setting are approximately 7” tall.  They are nestled in a setting of Buckingham river rocks, with a windswept natural manzanita branch, dried broom, preserved deer moss, and other natural materials.  The glowing circular backdrop is 2” thick and derived from a live edge slab of Ambrosia Maple which has been treated with six coatings of antique oil to bring out the rich details.   The entire piece is lit with two adjustable warm white LED lights.

    The overall size of this nativity is approximately 26”w x 15”d x 16”h

    This nativity is designed to be a ‘family nativity’ where each family member can add ‘found’ natural elements from nature like rocks, shells, pine cones, driftwood, etc.  While the central natural elements are permanently affixed, the other natural pieces can be rearranged to allow for individual artistic expression, making it a truly unique family nativity.  Additional figures can be added each year as space permits.  It’s the perfect nativity for a dining room sideboard or entry hall table.

    The figures included are alpine maple with an oil colored finish.  

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