Signed Vaillancourt 1987 Father Christmas By Gorham W/unique Story & Tag
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Signed Vaillancourt 1987 Father Christmas By Gorham W/unique Story & Tag:
This figurine was given to my husband from his Macy's employer back in the early 90's. I kept it in my night stand cabinet never taken it out of the box since 1992 because I forgot all about it. Just recently that I noticed it and tried to research about it.
By reaching out to Vaillancourt studios I prompted them to dig into their history and they published the story of what happened when they licensed Gorham Silver Co. in the late 1986. This figure Green Father Christmas Santa was dated 1987.
Here's a piece of the story:
"Fortunately, Gorham Silver went out of business and the line died within a short period of time. Looking back, if the line had continued on the trajectory it had, the price point would have put the American studios out of business and the fine art quality that Vaillancourt is known for today would never have come to fruition. It was a lesson learned well after the fact, but Vaillancourt never again tried to license Judi’s designs in a competitive medium."
By typing Vaillancourt folk art history on Facebook you will see the full published history dated March 1st 2018.
In short you will never see a Vaillancourt item with Gorham Silver Co. tag on it, so this here is a unique and one of a kind piece because it signed by Judi Vaillancourt and it's from Gorham Silver Co.
With this purchase I will attached a copy of the article, my conversation with Vaillancourt and receipts.