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THE PROPERTY OF A LADY A collection of creche figures with glass eyes, many with old inventory numbers. The custom for the Neapolitan creche or presepio has a long tradition. The tradition for larger and more elaborate presepi was started by the Bourbon King Charles III who delighted in extravagant Nativity displays which were mimicked by the Nobility and in turn by ordinary families. In the late eighteenth century artisans specialising in presepi flourished. Apart from the Holy family and Wise Men, tradesmen, market sellers peasants and animals were all produced, most with painted terracotta heads and compositon and wood bodies which were dressed in silks and fabrics. The Museo Nazionale di Sa Martino in Naples is noted for its vast and varied collection of presepi figures.