Xenia Miller was no Grinch.
Over the years, she collected hundreds of crèche's on her trips around the world and displayed them at Miller House during the holidays. Of course, Alexander Girard was also enlisted in the hunt and sourced many of the pieces. Not surprisingly, a meticulous inventory was kept of these objects. The page above is from the “Crèche Catalog,” where each crèche is given a number, country of origin, description, material, value, location of purchase and location of storage. This particular page details Mrs. Miller’s very first crèche, which was found in Guatemala and gifted to her by her sister-in-law, Clementine Tangeman. It also happens to be the tiniest crèche in the collection, measuring in at about 1.5 inches.
Crèche #028 in Crèche Catalog, 420/111, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ic_B111_f420_031)