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Needlework Folk Art Santa

Made by Vaillancourt Folk Art, Exclusively for Winterthur


Massachusetts artisan Judi Vaillancourt uses antique chocolate molds to painstakingly create these beautiful chalkware figures, reminiscent of the popular 19th-century art form. Santa's dramatic coat is based on a stunning needlework created in 1754 by Mary King, which is part of the Winterthur Collection today.

• Made in USA, hand-painted and signed and numbered by artist.

• Due to the handmade nature of this item, quantities are limited in time for Christmas.

• Dimensions: 10.75"H x 3.5"W x 2.5"D.
Mary King Needlework

Little is known about Mary King, the creator of this needlework, except that she lived in Philadelphia and married a man from Minnesota. The piece seen here, was made with silk yarns on a silk moiré ground fabric depicting the Tree of Life in 1754. It is assumed that imported Indian fabrics were her inspiration. Mary was very skilled and probably taught needlework.

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