Chalkware Turkey Folk Art Thanksgiving Figurines From Antique Chocolate Molds For SaleTurkey Historical Thanksgiving Chalkware Folkart Figurine
- Brand new work. Never owned or displayed.
- Molded in antique chocolate molds dating from the 19th to early 20th century.
- Hand painted by the artist.
- Imported European crushed glass used for snow effect.
- Classic historical style art work.
- Sequentially numbered.
- Signed by the artist.
- Chocolate mold circa date included on bottom.
- 6 3/4" tall, 5" wide, and approximately 2 7/8" thick at its Thanksgiving is around the corner and it's time to start getting ready!! Its is a time for family, food, gifts, and decorations. These beautiful pieces for sale in our store are all original chalkware folk art pieces that are a must have for any Thanksgiving or collectible figurine lover. They are made brand new for us by an outstanding local artist who has been creating these wonderful pieces for many years. His art has been celebrated in the White House Holiday display and collected by many over the years, including people like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who collected Rich's art regularly. This is an art form that is still celebrated but only crafted from start to finish by few. These types of items bring us all back to a classic age of America and will continue to for many years to come as our spirit for our country and the love for the holidays continues to grow.
These particular pieces are made locally here in Bethlehem, Pa., the Christmas City of America, by accomplished artist Rich Connoly of Rich Connolly Folk Art. The figurines are molded in antique chocolate molds salvaged from the golden age of chocolatiering in the 1800's to early 1900's. (The history of chalkware is provided in this listing below) This is a style that uses a chalkware compound in the molds and then requires the classic paint job done by hand by Rich Connolly himself. Each one has a snow effect using crushed glass imported from Europe. Each figurine is signed by the artist and includes the creation year, sequential number, and the chocolate mold circa date on the bottom. Any of these figurines would make a perfect gift or addition to any holiday collection. If you saw an item you like but did not win, please contact us with the listing/item number of the item you missed out on, and we will do our best to restock our store with that item. Thank you for looking and Happy Holidays! If you saw an item you like but did not win, please contact us with the listing/item number of the item you missed out on. We will do our best to restock our store with that item. Thank you for looking and Happy Holidays! If you saw an item you liked but did not win, please contact us with the listing/item number of the item you missed out on. We will do our best to restock our store with that item. thank you for looking and Happy Holidays! The History of Chalkware
In the nineteenth century, a gift of chocolate was a special
treasure and every small European village had a chocolate shop.
Chocolate was molded in all shapes and sizes.The early molds were hand-hammered over castings created by
individual artisans. The sculptor was either commissioned or,
in some cases, in the direct employ of the chocolate factory who
would provide him with a studio and the wherewithal to pursue
the craft. While it is romantic to envision this lonely artist
laboring over a hot forge, it was not always the case. Some large
factories evolved; Anton Reiche in Dresden, established in 1870
but destroyed in WWII; Letang Fils in Paris who continue to
manufacture molds to this day; and Eppelsheimer & Co. of New
York City. American artists produced some of the most innovative
and whimsical pieces based upon the original European heritage.Casting figurines from molds has been a German tradition since
the late 1800’s. Originally paper mache was pressed into wooden
molds and allowed to dry. Some of these hollow pieces where
then dipped in to plaster, which dried to a smooth, but very
fragile finish. In America, the Pennsylvania Germans substituted
solid plaster for paper mache, and often used chocolate molds
for the forms. Making “chalkware” figures using antique chocolate
molds continues today.**There will be no returns on these items. They are brand new and as you could imagine, we do not want to ship them more than needed.
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