Sarah Wistar Folk Art Santa
Massachusetts artist 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 silkwork picture created in 1752 by Mary Wistar (1738-1815). Mary gifted the needlework piece and its companion piece to her great nieces in 1787. Today it is part of the Winterthur collection and considered to be a prized acquisition.
Sarah was born in 1738, never married, and worked this at the school run by Ann Marsh in Philadelphia. The Marsh school was known for teaching outstanding needlework techniques.
Made in the USA.
Created, hand painted, signed and numbered by artist.
Dimensions: about 9.25"H x 4.5"W.
This silkwork sampler by Sarah Wistar was created in 1752. She gifted it to her great niece in 1787. Sarah was born in 1738 and never married. She worked at the needlework school run by Ann Marsh in Philadelphia. The Marsh school was known for teaching outstanding needlework techniques. The sampler is still in it’s original frame.