California native, Thomas Kinkade, made a name for himself through his pastoral and idyllic paintings and mass marketed his works as printed reproductions and other licensed products through the Thomas Kinkade Company. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After college, he and a friend travel across the US, ending up in New York City where they landed a contract to produce a sketching handbook. In two years they produced The Artist’s Guide to Sketching, which was on of Guptill Publications’ best-sellers that year. The success of the book led the two to Ralph Bakshi Studios where the created background art of the 1983 animated film Fire and Ice. During this time, Kinkade began to explore the depiction of light, and after the film he earned his living as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout California. He died in 2012.
As part of the marketing of his art, Kinkade began a business relationship with Teleflora, and for at least 25 years, Teleflora would use one of his cottage designs each year to incorporate into their Christmas floral arrangements. This winter scene entitled Childhood Home, dated 2008, depicts a cozy cottage with a sparkly snow-covered roof. Some of the snow is hanging over the roof and will probably be icicles soon! There are lights lining the front porch roof line and ribbons on the railing. Through the front window you can see four people standing in the living room in front of a flickering fire. In the front yard of the cottage there is a decorated tree with multi-colored lights and a star on top. The charming paned windows light up when two AA batteries are put in. Not only do the front windows light up, but the windows on all four sides of the house also light. There are evergreen trees with snow around the house. The Christmas scene measures 6 1/2” wide, about 5 3/4” deep and about 4 1/2” to the top of the front chimney. The scene is made of resin. It is in excellent vintage condition. On the underside it reads: Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light, Childhood Home, Inspired by the movie Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage, 2008 Thomas Kinkade, Teleflora Gift, Made in China.
This would be a wonderful addition to your Christmas collection or to display every day. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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