This breathtaking hand carved Russian Santa is hand painted by the artist in winter blues, greens, pinks and golds with white and gold highlights. Santa is holding a beautifully decorated walking staff in one hand and is balancing a grey/tan toy pack over his shoulder. 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 created in Sergei Posad, Russia and is signed by the artist. The Santa measures approximately 11.75 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide.
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