Magazine article Sunset

The Santons of Provence.On Exhibit or for Sale in Southern France

Magazine article Sunset

The Santons of Provence.On Exhibit or for Sale in Southern France

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The old town of Aubagne in the south of France is worth a stop for its daily produce market, its picturesque streets, and especially its twice-yearly santon fair, held mid-July through August and late November through December.

Santons, little figures made of clay, include traditional villagers--shepherd, baker, fisherman--as well as Nativity figures. When the French Revolution forbade statues in churches, artists created little clay figurines like these for home worship. With its fine clay soil, Aubagne became a center for santon making as well as other ceramic arts.

This year the winter foire aux santons in Aubagne takes place from November 24 through December 31. In the central plaza, santon makers and ceramists exhibit their work every day from 10 to noon and 3 to 6. (You are also welcome to visit their workshops and buy figurines at other times.) The daily produce market, next to the fair site and open from early morning to noon, offers fresh fruit and vegetables from nearby farms. …

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