The Belsnickel is a Santa-like figure in Germanic folklore who brings treats to the good children and coal or switches to the naughty ones on the feast day of St. Nicholas, December 6. He arrived in America with Germanic settlers to Pennsylvania and was given form by folk artists, who invariably depicted the bearded creature with a long robe, peaked cap, and black boots, carrying a little "feather" evergreen twig. Chalkware was a favorite medium of these artists, and this charming reproduction figurine is hand crafted from the same "poor man's porcelain" in antique molds. The Belsnickel is expertly hand painted, with piercing blue eyes under sweeping white brows and cheeks rosy pink from making his rounds on the cold winter night. His rich red robe is trimmed with fluffy "fur" and dusted with tiny flecks of glittery "snow." The finish is slightly crackled and distressed for an aged appearance. Includes original tag from Marblehead Made. Handsome addition to folk art, country, or primitive holiday decor.
Very good condition. Note: there are 2 evergreen twigs but only one berry.
Marblehead Made (Massachusetts)
Bottom marked: "Marblehead Made Roy & Carole Brindamour A-15 #31 1992"
6.25" H x 2" W (at elbows), 1.25" W (at base)