SO THIS IS HOW SANTA DELIVERS GIFTS AND TOYS TO GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN IN CANADA EH?!! This Russian Santa Claus is intricately hand carved and hand painted by the artist to enhance details in the Santa, his costume, and the moose on which he is riding. Santa's cloak is painted with bright colors and he is holding a set of reins that have a real leather look and feel. The detail of this statuette is amazing - from moose's antlers all the way down to his cloven hooves (see close-up pictures below). This statue is lightly lacquered so it is easily cleaned and protected but it is not shiny. This Santa is formed out of several solid pieces of wood. The solid linden wood is dried for almost 2 years before it is carved so it will last a lifetime. Linden wood was once used to make drafting boards because it is so stable once it is properly dried. It does not warp, change shape, or crack and this artistic piece will bring enjoyment for a lifetime! (Please Note: These are not molded or mass produced as are some molded resin Santas from China. All Russian Santas are hand carved from Linden Wood and no two are ever identical!) This Grandfather Frost, as he is called in Russia, is made in Sergei Posad, Russia and is signed and numbered by the artist. The Santa measures approximately 10 inches tall by 9.75 inches front to back, and 11.5 inches wide (from the tip of one antler to the tip of the other).
THIS SANTA IS NUMBERED 1 OUT OF JUST 3!!
THIS IS TRULY A ONE OF A KIND COLLECTOR'S PIECE!
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Alexey Kikin, a master of the Abramsova (or sometimes spelled Abramtcevo) Style of Painting, dreamed of becoming an artist from early childhood. After leaving school, Alexey entered the Abramsova Art College founded by famous Russian artists, Vasnetsov, Polenov and Vrubel. Alexey gravitated towards animal sculptures and focused his studies in this area. After graduating from the Art College, he worked as a teacher teaching sculpture. Later, partnering with his wife and fellow artist, Tatiana, they created a unique style that is all their own. This style combines wooden animal sculptures with fairy painting creating this fantastic and unique style which Alexey describes as a style “in which Russian modern and empire style are merged.” We hope you enjoy his works!