The mouth blown glass made, hand-decorated Asinello Christmas Bauble is part of the Palle Presepe-collection (Italian: Christmas Bauble Crib) by A di Alessi. There it represents one of the classic crib figures, which displays the nativity play directly at the Christmas tree.
"Asinello" is the Italian word for "donkey".The Christian symbolic is taken up caringly and conspicuously and brought to life through the sympathetic Christmas bauble.
The tradition of the decorated Christmas tree with large and small coloured baubles out of blown glass dates back to the middle of the 19th century, when a dry period stole the green needles of the pine trees. A glass smithy out of Goetzenbruck had the idea of blowing objects out of glass in order to ornament the tree, hiding the sad looking pine branches. The round shape was the fastest to produce and that is how many colourful Christmas tree baubles emerged, soon becoming a tradition in the most different countries and cultures. Only in 1964, the glass factory in Goetzenbruck stopped the industrial production of the Christmas baubles. The shape of the traditionally made Christmas decoration changed along the years, whereby additional small decors or typical motives covered the Christmas baubles, such as Father Christmas, bells, stars and a sledge.
It was Marcello Jori who created the “Palle Presepe” with his creative soul and irony, causing a small revolution at Alessi with it. He said that there was a Christmas tree at his home every year, but that he envied those who had a crib with vivid figures. Marcello Jori: ”I finally dreamt sometime of an angel, who hung up some foreign baubles at the Christmas tree, the baubles spoke, sang and prayed. Some were sacred, stars or animals and one of them, lighting more than the others, was the Infant Jesus.”
Jori's dream came true. Today, the mouth-blown and hand-decorated Christmas baubles exist in fact. Next to shepherd and sheep, there are also many different motifs of the Christian nativity play in the "Palle Presepe" Chrismas Bauble collection by A di Alessi
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