Country Living (USA)
Store Display Santa
SUBMITTED BY: S.G., Castle Rock, CO
PROVENANCE: Part of the holiday window display in her father’s hardware store
WHAT IT IS: Appraiser Marsha Dixey of Heritage Auctions tells us this is a late 1930s or early 1940s chalkware Santa figure. “The term chalkware describes a figure made of molded plaster of Paris or sculpted gypsum, usually finished off with an oil-based paint,” says Marsha. “With the idea of replicating fine china figures that could be sold for considerably less, chalkware figures began their rise in popularity in 1910.” Louisville, KY–based GMG Art was a known chalkware maker, but Marsha says your marking is not legible enough to confirm. She adds that while most chalkware figures were made for giveaways at carnivals and fairs, the large size of yours indicates it was more likely made-to-order.
WHAT IT’S WORTH: $100