2012 In-Person Fontanini Tour Begins With Us!
-See them First At Our MN Retail Showrooms-
NEW ULM - HOPE AND FAITH GIFTS - 3-5 PM
MADELIA - HOPE AND FAITH GIFTS - 7-9 PM
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Tradition of figurine makers in Bagni di Lucca
The history of Fontanini dates way back with roots that lie in the tradition of Bagni di Lucca, where the founding figurine makers are found.
Emanuele Fontanini, the family's progenitor, who was strong in this tradition, exported the art of the figurine to some European capitals in 1893.
From papier mache to Nativity.
In 1908, thanks to the overseas experience, he opened a small craft workshop in Bagni di Lucca where, having abandoned plaster and taken up papier mache workmanship, he started to produce rockers, spider to which springs were added on the side of their bodies and which, hanging by a thread and moved, oscillated.
His sons Mario and Aldo worked on the expansion of a small workshop, which had already become a real little figurine factory in 1936. The Fontanini family soon started to export the nativities scenes, Mario's speciality, and the papier mache figurines into the USA.
Plastic advent and religious items production.
In the 1960's, Mario headed up the company's first large-scale technological revolution: the arrival of the plastic and the production by injecting into moulds.
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For us Fontanini is just not another product on the shelves, it's what we love to collect and sell!
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