santon alsace
Santon with knitting

General description Elderly woman wearing traditional Alsatian costume and carrying knitting (handmade).

Dimensions: 21.8 cm x 10.0 cm x 8.0 cm

Date when acquired: 2011

Original Date: Unknown

Source: Santons Yolande, Provence, France (label: Syndicat des Santonniers de Provence; veritable Santon d’Argile)

Bought by Dawn at a flea market in the Göttingen area, Germany.


Body Painted terracotta

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Back view


The elderly lady is wearing a black Alsatian hat with white lace around the face and the French tricolour on the left. Her long red skirt has gold and black braid around the bottom 1.5 cm from the edge. On top of the skirt is a black apron with white lace around the edge. A white bird with a yellow beak and legs, carrying an apple (?) in its bill has been painted on the apron, flying towards a red and yellow building. Alsace is written in yellow on the apron. The doll has a black felt jerkin on, which has gold and black braid lacing up the front and around the bottom. Underneath the jerkin is a white long-sleeved blouse with white lace around the cuffs. Hidden under her skirt, the doll is wearing long white underpants with lace around the cuffs.

The doll’s boots, which are part of her terracotta body, have been left the same colour as her skin.


The doll is holding a knitting needle with blue knitting on it in her left hand.


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Handpainted face

Background information

See Santons text.

Source(s) of information

See Santons text.