Joan, my mentor painter at Vaillancourt Folk Art, has put the finishing touches on the chalkware Santa that I created at Collector’s Weekend earlier this month. And, it’s on its way to my door. I can’t wait to see the finished figure.
I’ll be featuring the Vaillancourt Studio in the Christmas issue. They are one of the few artisan workshops still making things the “old-fashioned” way in the USA!
The perfect gift for the spatterware or antiques collector!
The ornament pays homage to a rare antique ceramic design — spatterware Christmas tree festoon pattern.
Spatterware is a brightly colored tableware made in England for export to the United States and other countries between 1810-1850. It reached its peak between 1830-1840.
Manufactured in England’s fames Stafordshire district, the table ware was considered too gaudy for refined British tastes. It made its way to the Pennsylvania Dutch are where housewives purchased it as every day tableware.
Spattware has a finely sponged or dotted look. The spattering itself was applied in black, blue, brown, green, red, purple and yellow paint. There are over 60 known patterns of decoration, along with many variations, including birds, flowers, buildings, fruits and rainbow colors.
Patterns such as the Christmas Tree are rare. Can’t you almost picture a German-speaking farm family enjoying a wee bit of whimsy with this Christmas china?
For more information about Spatterware and its patterns, please visit these sites: