France Santon de Provence Lavender Cutter by S Peirano
French Santon doll depicting a traditional character from Provencal village life, in this case a lavender cutter carrying a sickle and a bunch of lavender branches. Signed 'S. Peirano' at the front edge of her stand and with tag attached 'Qualité Francaise, Membre des Comites, Made in France'. Size 27 cm. S. Peirano is santonnier Segondo Peirano (1892-1983).
Originally Santons or Santouns were painted clay nativity scene figurines but later also became popular as dressed figures showing the trades and costumes of the people living in the Provence region.