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Decorate your wall with Judi Vaillancourt’s inspirational portrait of Santa which was first used on the Vaillancourt Christmas Wine label. The fine-art giclée print is decoupaged onto a hangable chalkware frame that has been hand gilded by a Vaillancourt artist. When we think about Santa, we are most likely imagining a hybrid of attributes taken from Thomas Nast’s 1881 illustration and Haddon Sundblom’s “Coca-Cola” Santa from the 1920s. For Judi, when she thinks about Santa her mind goes to two other sources. First, Samuel Anderson Robb—an American wood carver—who is credited with carving a Santa figure in the late 1880s who resided in New York City’s Lutheran church for over 40 years as a church leaflet holder before finding its way into Colonial Williamsburg’s collection. The second inspiration comes from a Massachusetts artists, Norman Rockwell, who had a reputation for capturing the true human nature of a person in his art work. Today, Judi Vaillancourt’s interpretation of Santa shows the pure characteristics of the personification of Christmas traditions.
Vaillancourt is a family owned business located in Sutton, Massachusetts and is best known for their handmade and hand painted chalkware figures. These figures are made using vintage and antique chocolate, candy, and ice cream moulds. The Vaillancourt’s have the largest private collection in the USA and have been creating these heirloom masterpieces meant to be passed down from generation to generation since 1984.