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The Knickerbocker Santa is a very historical Santa created by Judi Vaillancourt for collector weekend. This Santa incorporates many historical components form Washington Irving’s Christmas themes as well as items from the Christmas paintings of Jan Steen form the 1600’s.
The “Knickerbocker” Santa has its origins in Washington Irving’s Knickerbocker History of New York (1809) and Keeping of Christmas at Bracebridge Hall (1819-20), Clement C. Moore’s poem “The Night Before Christmas” (1822); along with images in paintings by Dutch artist Jan Steen (1666) and American Robert Weir (1837).
The Vaillancourt Knickerbocker Santa was designed by Judi Vaillancourt with input from Rev. Stanley DeCamp. The mould was sculpted by Eduardo Rodriguez. The information above was based on research from Rev. DeCamp.
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.