This beautiful hand carved Russian Santa Claus is hand painted by the artist in reds, whites, greens and pinks with gold highlights. The flowers are painted with an unbelievable amount of detail. Santa has a sweet and kind expression on his face! He is holding an ornately decorated staff which matches his cloak and cap and has a gold toy pack down by his side. This Santa is painted with a unique floral style called “Abramtsova”. This technique is extremely rare and time consuming. It requires the artist to paint a layer of clear frosted paint then quickly removing a portion of the paint before it is dry. This creates a frost layering over the previous layer of paint giving an iridescent look. Currently, Natasha, the artist who painted these Statuettes, is the only artist we know of using the Abramtsova technique. Santa is lightly lacquered so it is easily cleaned and protected. 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 properly dried. It does not warp, change shape, or crack and these artistic pieces will bring enjoyment for a lifetime! Please Note: These are not molded or mass produced as are some molded resin Santas from China. This Santa (or Grandfather Frost as he is called in Russia) is made in Sergei Posad, Russia and is signed by the artist. Santa measures just over 11.75 inches tall by 7.75 inches wide.
AN AMAZING WORK OF ART!
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