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Vaillancourt Colonial Santa with Green Coat and Lantern

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  • Vaillancourt chalkware collectible
  • Adapted from antique chocolate molds
  • Hand-painted
  • Celebrates Historic Area traditions
  • 9"H
  • Made in the USA
  • WILLIAMSBURG exclusive!
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Wearing a green coat and red mittens, this charming collectible Santa will stay warm on a cold winter night. He carries a gold lantern to light his way. In centuries past, lanterns were crucial for safe travel when there was no moonlight. Though Santa Claus did not become part of New World Christmas traditions until the 19th century, this Santa figurine takes artistic license to cheerfully honor St. Nick. Many examples of chalkware and Santa chocolate molds can be found in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collections. This jolly fellow is ready to share these traditions with you.

Designed exclusively for Colonial Williamsburg, hand-crafted and meticulously hand-painted in the USA. All Santas signed "Vaillancourt" and dated. Limited number are signed by Judi Vaillancourt. 9"H
Each piece begins in an antique chocolate mold from the Vaillancourt collection but is then re-sculpted with a Colonial Williamsburg holiday motif. A new mold, made from the re-sculpted piece, is filled with a plaster-like substance and dried. The resulting "chalkware" is then hand-painted, bringing to life the mold maker's intricate artistry and the festivity of Colonial Williamsburg's holiday season.

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