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Vaillancourt Grand Illumination Santa

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$300.00

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  • Vaillancourt chalkware collectible
  • Adapted from antique chocolate molds
  • Hand-painted
  • Celebrates Historic Area tradition
  • 8½"H
  • Made in the USA
  • WILLIAMSBURG exclusive!
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This charming collectible Santa celebrates a treasured annual tradition. He is holding holiday decorations and his back features a fireworks display over the Governor's Palace. During Colonial Williamsburg's annual Grand Illumination each December, holiday decorations festoon the doorways, music fills the air, the scent of delicious food wafts from taverns and cider stands, and the whole day is capped with stunning fireworks launched simultaneously from three locations. 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.

Designed exclusively for Colonial Williamsburg, hand-crafted and meticulously hand-painted in the USA. All Santas signed "Vaillancourt" and dated. 8 1/2"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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