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The Santa Delivering Brant Point Toy on Nantucket Dory is a traditional American interpretation of Santa dressed in his iconic red suit with white fur and bushy beard. Unlike with tradition, however, instead of a sleigh he’s seen arriving by dory and with Brant Point—decorated with its iconic wreath and oars—in his hand and wrapped gifts by his feet (finished with hand tied bows). Under the decorated Christmas tree, we see a scrimshaw decorated Nantucket Basket. The inspiration of this piece comes from the dory that is found in the Easy Street Boat Basin which was first decorated with a Christmas tree in 1965 by Sidney Killen. The dory is a flat-bottomed boat introduced in the late 1700s to be used in the fishing industry to launch from the mother ship to trawl for fish. Later, its unique design made it optimal for individuals to launch from the shore to scallop, fish and, at times, be used as a lifeboat to rescue stranded vessels. Although the style boat has evolved over time, the near-60 years that it has sat in the Nantucket Boat Basin at Christmas is a gentle reminder of the magic of the season, with a tip of the hat to its nautical past and a fitting way for the Vaillancourt Nantucket Santa to deliver goodwill to all.
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.