Neapolitan crèches

Neapolitan crèches enjoyed great success in France from the XVIIth century. They displayed, often in the setting of a ruin, the Nativity, the angels bringing good tidings to the shepherds and scenes of caravans with inns, markets, animals, musicians...
The sumptuousness of the contents and settings and the skillful layout of Neapolitan crèches made these precious crèches the preserve of the well-to-do.