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Brocade Santa with Gold Swag

When thinking of historic Christmas traditions, we often find ourselves transported to the streets of Colonial Williamsburg during the holiday season. While it is true that these homes were decorated with fruit, flowers, wreaths, and leaves, it wasn’t until the Colonial Revival of the 1900s—in the eighteenth century it would be considered eccentric to decorate Read More »

Published Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 in Chalkware.


The Chalkware Angel with Candle

For years, the symbol of the Angel has had a lot of meaning for collectors. Whether it being the angel at the Nativity or the being looking after ourselves and loved ones, we’ve been pleased to offer a variety of Chalkware angels over the years. For 2016, we’re happy to introduce the Angel with Candle. Read More »

Published Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 in Chalkware.


New – Gold Coat St. Nick

A classic mould, this Saint Nicholas has been designed with a little shimmer in mind. As early as the late 1980s, Judi would introduce gold and silver as metallic paint. The reflective nature of the paint was hidden by the protective varnish that is applied to each piece. This was perhaps most obvious in 2009 Read More »

Published Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 in Chalkware.


The Father Christmas with Donkey

Over the last 32 years, we have bought a majority of our 3,000 plus antique chocolate moulds from our mould dealer, Dad’s Follies. When they call us with a new batch of old moulds, we get quite excited as finding new antique Christmas moulds is getting harder and harder. One day, last fall, they arrived Read More »

Published Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 in Chalkware.


2016 Collector’s Design Series

Each year during the annual Collector’s Dinner one lucky collector wins the chance to work with Judi and design a chalkware piece that reflects a bit of themselves. This year, Jim O’Leary unveiled the 2016 piece—Blue Father Christmas with Dog. During the 2015 Collector’s Weekend dinner, Mr. O’Leary won the chance to work with Judi Read More »

Published Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 in Chalkware.


The Brocade Series

Those familiar with Vaillancourt Folk Art through the ages undoubtably know the timeless designs of the historic collection that Judi Vaillancourt started creating in 1984. Following us through the years, however, you’ll have noticed that we’ve introduced designs that appeal to the contemporary collector—with a bit of bling. In 2009, while designing for Neiman Marcus, Judi Vaillancourt Read More »

Published Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 in Chalkware.


Nantucket Summer Series: America Yacht Santa

The idea of summer conjures a lot of images, notably the beach, the warm sand under toe and, of course, the yachts that travel the cool waves of the ocean. It were these ideas, combined with art and history, that brought Judi to design the 2015 Nantucket Summer Series Santa. In 1851, an American marine artist Read More »

Published Thursday, June 4th, 2015 in Chalkware.


The Pennsylvania Belsnickel

When German immigrants from the Rhineland came to the Pennsylvania area in the 18th century, they brought along their Christmas traditions of the Christmas tree, exchanging gifts and folk lore including “Pelznickel” or fur clad Nicholas.

Published Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 in Chalkware.
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