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 Country Christmas Homecoming, dated 2015, depicts a cozy cottage with a sparkly snow-covered roof. There are lights lining the front roof line and front windows. In the front yard of the cottage there is a decorated tree with multi-colored lights and a star on top and a lamppost with a bright red bow. On the lawn, Mom is welcoming two young people hauling the freshly cut tree to the house; she appears to have two mugs of hot chocolate in her hands. There are evergreen trees with snow around the house. Normally, the paned windows light up when two AA batteries are put in, but there is a missing spring where the batteries go; so we can’t get it to light up. The Christmas scene measures 6 7/8” wide, about 5 1/2” deep and about 5 ¾” to the top of the tallest tree. The scene is made of resin. It is in excellent vintage condition, except for the battery situation. On the underside it reads: Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade Presents Country Christmas Homecoming, 2015, 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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