Sculptors to Appear at Binns from Naples, Italy, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 29 - December 1, 2013; Emanuele and Lello Scuotto Will Sculpt While at Binns

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Binns of Williamsburg, located in Williamsburg, Virginia, will host the brothers, Emanuele and Lello Scuotto for 3 days from Naples, Italy. The brothers will help Binns install the scenography, angels and figures, while demonstrating their sculpting techniques, for one weekend only.

La Scarabattola has become the most important creators of nativity scenes and angels in the world," says Thomas Smith, Co-CEO of Binns of Williamsburg.

The Nativity scene is said to have originated with St. Francis of Assisi in 1223 in Italy, and carving figurines for nativity scenes started in the late 13th century when Arnolfo di Cambio was commissioned to carve marble nativity figures for the first Rome Jubilee held in 1300. Naples became the capital of nativity scenes when Charles III commissioned a Neapolitan workshop to create the first artistic nativity scene in 1700.

The Firm La Scarabattola has been commissioned by Juan Carlos, The King of Spain and both His Holiness, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to create sculptures for nativity scenes or "presepe" (in Italian) and Angels. Binns of Williamsburg installed an Angel Tree last year, and were chosen to be the exclusive dealers for the brothers firm "La Scarabattola in the United States. The brothers are coming to Binns in order to help install the scenography and continue to grow the presentation. Emanuele Scuotto, is a classically trained sculptor who works in many different media, including the terra cotta and bronze. Emanuele will be demonstrating his sculpting techniques, working over the weekend on life sized angels head.

The La Scarabattola art group was founded in 1996 in Naples. After just 3 years the family company (The Scuotto Brothers) was chosen by Juan Carlos, the King of Spain, to craft a large collection of sculptures for the nativity scene at the Royal Palace of Madrid. After this splendid occasion, The Scuotto Brothers’ art studio La Scarabattola has become the most important workshop for the creation of sculptures for nativity scenes in the world. Furthermore, La Scarabattola has received a silver medal from the President of the Italian Republic for the outstanding quality of its “Made in Italy” production. "After these commissions, La Scarabattola has become the most important creators of nativity scenes and angels in the world," says Thomas Smith, Co-CEO of Binns of Williamsburg.

Celebrating the beauty and glory of the finest Italian craftsmanship, Binns decided to artfully display their Neapolitan Angels on a tree soaring 20 feet tall, rising above a phenomenal hand-carved Baroque figural nativity scene. All of the figures are made using centuries old hand-sculpting techniques with extraordinary attention to detail. Each figure is one of a kind -- their faces, hands and feet are made with terracotta, their glass eyes are baked in during firing. The figures’ adornments and hand-sewn lavish silk robes are embellished with sterling silver detailing. The angels’ wings are carved from wood. All components are made locally in their workshop in Italy. Other than the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, this is the only other known large-scale Angel Tree currently on display in the United States.

Binns of Williamsburg prides itself in purveying unique and upscale merchandise from around the world since the 1920s, and is located on Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg, Virginia. Binns is pleased to add these timeless pieces of art to their holiday home merchandise selection. The public has also strongly expressed their gratitude for this incredible addition. Binns has invited La Scarabattola artisans to visit Williamsburg for in-store demonstrations and signing! Rejoice angels on high. Prices for small angels start from $875.00, figures start from $1150.00. Additional items for a presepe or creche are available such as sterling censers, animals, and wax fruit baskets. Additionally, Colonial Fifer figures has been exclusively created for Binns.

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