With hopeful anticipation, we look forward to reprising our Fontanini Tour Event in 2022 and welcoming back our friend, Emanuele Fontanini.
Please mark your calendars for
Sunday, November 27, 2022
as the tentative date.
Specific Event hours will be 3 – 6 pm CT.
Kindly continue to check this website for updated information as it becomes available.
You may also contact the Shrine Gift Shop directly at 618.394.6230, or call 800.682.2879, option #3.
What to watch for (images coming soon!):
2022 Tour Figure, Elisha, Shepherdess – Limited Edition available exclusively to stores hosting a Fontanini Personal Appearance
Additional new or recolor pieces for 2022:
Madeline, Young Villager
History of Fontanini
The family patriarch and company founder, Emanuel Fontanini, embarked on his career of figurine crafting in 1893 as a talented 13-year-old apprentice to an artist in Bagni di Lcca, an area of Tuscany known for its great arts and crafts. Fontanini expanded his knowledge and skill in art through travels to European cities. He returned to Bagni di Lucca to launch his company in 1908, using money earned from the sale of his wares throughout the continent.
Working with the finest painters and sculptors in Tuscany, Fontanini began crafting figures and decorations of heirloom quality in a single room shop. In time, Fontanini gained recognition and acclaim for its work and Emanuele Fontanini’s sons Ugo, Mario and Aldo joined him in the business. As the family earned acclaim for fine masterpieces, the Fontaninis expanded into creating a broader selection of fine nativities and Mario took on the leadership role at Fontanini in 1936. Later, Mario’s sons Ugo, Mariano and Piero became the third generation to head up the rapidly growing enterprise. Founder and family patriarch Emanuele died in 1977 at the age of 97 with Fontanini well established and ready for continued growth. Although no longer housed in the cherished room used by Emanuele in the early 1900’s, Fontanini continues to operate in the village of its founding. Today, the namesake of his great grandfather, Emanuele, along with his brother, Stefano, have assumed the leadership roles in the family business.
It was fitting that Fontanini would distinguish itself as the premier designer and maker of heirloom quality nativities and figures; for it was in another Italian village, hundreds of years earlier, that St. Francis of Assisi introduced the celebration of Christ’s birth with a living nativity. It is also the custom of Italian families to sculpt figures of people from all walks of life as they pay homage to the newborn King. Fontanini focuses on this illustrious heritage and devotes both talent and skill to the production of their collection.
Fontanini Nativities are carried by some of the most prestigious stores in our nation and around the world. There are consumers across the country who collect each beautiful piece when it is introduced. When you invest in this line, you become part of a vast network of loyal collectors.
The Shrine Gift Shop stocks Fontanini year-round. Fontanini pieces always make great gifts for weddings, new homes or any occasion to add to existing collections.
The Shrine Gift Shop is open every day 10am – 5pm, CT
Orders may be placed over the phone by calling the Shrine Gift Shop at 618-394-6230, or 800-682-2879, option #3.