A very rare French papier-mâché Père Noël candy container CA 1910-20's.
Père Noël is a legendary gift-giver during Christmas in France and French-speaking areas, identified with Father Christmas or Santa Claus in English speaking territories. Replicas of the beloved character were made as candy containers and given for gifts. Not that many from this time period survived, especially in such good condition.
This one stands 12" tall, has a papier-mâché head with painted features, sculpted and painted white beard and bushy brows, and is attached to a removable cardboard cylinder body. His costume is made of the original cotton batting coat and cape hood with sprinkling of glitter. He is holding the original twigs. A wax candle/pillar was later added.
The cotton batting is somewhat discolored but all original intact. The papier-mâché paint is all original. There are a few paint flecks as shown. The overall condition is excellent.
The old French newspaper that is pictured was part of the original stuffing that came from inside the head when I purchased him.
A bottom cardboard piece was added to make a sealed bottom.
Quite a wonderful find!
Item ID: 1312
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