Mini collages measuring 2" x 3½" standard business card size. I put this series of twenty together for R.F. Côté's Circulaire 132. "Un zine d'assemblage sur l'art postal en général destiné aux
mailartistes pour permettre l'échange d'idées, faire connaître divers
There's a great tumblr I browse ~ Etsy If You're Nasty ~ which lead me to buying these two tiny Japanese Kokeshi dolls and discovering a very old French tradition, Galette des Rois.
These fèves came from ValueARTifacts. They have many, many, many to choose from and are reliable. For the history, I found two good articles:
Galette des Rois
"I’m jumping ahead to the 6th to the feast of Epiphany when the arrival of the three kings, la fête des rois was celebrated with a cake. The custom dates back to the Middle Ages when a cake made of flaky pastry filled with frangipane paste, was cut into equal slices and placed on a table. Originally the trinket in the cake was a real bean, now replaced by a porcelain charm. A child was put under the table and when the mother pointed to a slice the child had to call out who the slice was for. Whoever found the fève in his slice became king for the day and wore a gold paper crown."
"The porcelain fève began in the 19th century and came from Germany until World War I, when Limoges [a city in France] took over production. Plastic fèves came into favor in the 1940’s. Collectors of fèves are known as fabophiles in France. A fève that dates before 1914 can fetch as much as 450 Euros!!! Today top bakeries commission famous designers to design feves for their cakes!"