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The glass blowers found most of their inspiration in nature for example the pine cone. That it was later given a face is probably owed to the stories and legends that were told in the evening in the parlors. This pine cone is painted in bold red then patinated and covered with glass mica. Its face which looks like a wood sprite is painted true to detail. The ornament is closed with a real iron cap. The place of origin of the glass ornaments is the area around Lauscha in Thuringia. In the beginning it was just a substitute for real fruit which a poor glass-blower could not afford. With time the diversity of glass ornaments for Christmas trees grew. Their popularity grew and they became a real bestseller.
Founded in 1900, Richard Mahr of Steinach, Germany created the finely detailed papier-mâché figurines that have since become internationally known and collected. Marolin figurines are hand composed using a combination of kaolin, chalk, paper fibers, organic paste, and clay before being hand poured and painted. These figurines, not unlike Vaillancourt’s Chalkware, are known for their artistic quality and detail.