Père Fouettard

VFA Nr. 567

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3.25 × 3 × 9.5 in
Chalkware Made in United States
Seasons: Winter
Year Issued: 1992 at $100.00

Whether bogeyman or Father Whipper, the folklore of Père Fouettard is a cautionary tale originating in 1252, where an innkeeper and his wife targeted three wealthy boys for robbery. After the boys were poisoned and killed, St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, resurrected them and cursed the innkeeper. As punishment, the innkeeper was transformed into Père Fouettard, destined to serve St. Nicholas and punish misbehaving children. This folklore, while intended as a cautionary tale, raises questions about its origins and the need for such frightening stories in teaching children.

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The house brand to Vaillancourt Folk Art, Vaillancourt products expand beyond American made Chalkware and Polish made Ornaments—but, regardless the line, fine art quality is a staple of Vaillancourt products. As one of the last domestic Christmas studios, Vaillancourt is focused on keeping and growing your family’s traditions.