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Proudly adapted from a white pine sculpture credited to Charles Robb (1855-1904). Today, the original is in the collection of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. For more than 40 years, though, Santa’s kindly grin greeted a Lutheran congregation in New York City—Robb’s hometown. (His pack held programs, sermons, and notices of interest.) Our grand chalkware figure is beautifully hand-painted and has a crackle glaze. He carries fruit in one pocket and a bright-eyed possum in the other. “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” is inscribed on his pack. Designed exclusively for Colonial Williamsburg, hand-crafted and meticulously hand-painted in the USA. Signed “Vaillancourt” and dated.
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.