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Botero Claus (Colombia)

Botero Claus (Colombia)

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Botero Claus (Colombia)
Released in 2018
Only 50 Issued
Designed and Painted by Mary Jo Gross from Aloha, OR
Original Carving by Rob Francis
All our collectibles are 100% Made in the USA
Approximately 11" tall  (He's our "Special Edition" sized Santa for this year of which only 50 are made each year.)

Botero Claus is from Medellin, Colombia. His favorite time of the year is Little Candles Day (or Día de Las Velitas in Spanish). It is one of the most widely observed traditional holidays in all of Colombia. Celebrated on December 7, it ushers in the start of the Christmas season. On this night, Colombians light small candles and secure them to their porches or outside their houses on sidewalks and even along the roadside. It’s a time of hanging out with family, eating traditional bunuelos, and preparing for the holiday season that is to come.

As you may or may not know, my family and I are on a 6 year journey around the world. Sometimes something sparks an idea for a Santa. We got to spend a little over a year in Colombia. One of the really amazing traditions we experienced while in Colombia is the day of the lights where everyone lights candles and sets them out on the sidewalks, streets, windowsills... any flat spot they can find. So we decided to design a Santa to commemorate this beautiful tradition. And of course, the name comes from one of the most famous Colombian artist.

If you wish to read about our Colombian experience (or any of the other countries we've visited) or just follow our journey in general, visit our travel blog.

In the past, we had upgraded the presentation of our collectibles by mounting them on a custom engraved wooden base and we also included a separate wooden plaque of sorts (we call it a "story chip"), custom engraved with the character's story. But starting in 2017, we upped the ante. We are now (and this is a permanent change) mounting each Santa onto a stainless steel, laser etched base that has been treated with a copper finish to maintain the "Old World" styling. Wait until you see it in person. It's stunning. And we didn't stop there. We are also including a double-sided, laser etched story chip made from the same material as the base. This will be our standard moving forward. I have always striven to make our characters one-of-a-kind collectibles and I believe we've finally reached my ultimate vision for our pieces and for the company. I challenge you to find another holiday collectible that is more stunning in presentation than our Great American Old World Santas. And all this has been accomplished without sending one piece of the work overseas. It's 100% American Made.

Since 2013, each of our Old World Santas have had one of the most important documents in western civilization embedded into the center of each one. We fold up and encase into the center of each Santa, a copy of the Declaration of Independence. It is the bedrock of individual liberty and defines what is unique and, well... let's face it, great about America. We find it particularly befitting since we are, after all... Great AMERICAN Collectibles.

The artistry of our pieces has been stepped up tremendously since 2011. From 1988 (when the line started) to 2010, our pieces had a more simple, folk art (almost spartan) look to the artistry. However, since 2011, with the help of one of the most amazing artist I've ever worked with, Mary Jo Gross, we stepped up the look to an incredibly detailed presentation. Her work is jaw-dropping gorgeous, while still maintaining its folk art roots. Although the artistry is much more detailed and distinct than our old style of painting, they all still have the folk art carved appearance that we have all come to know and love about Great American Collectibles. But the time it takes now, to paint just one Santa, is orders of magnitude more than the older method. Hence the higher price points. But along with the higher price point comes a piece of art that retains even more value as time marches on. And with the addition, this year, of the copper base and story chip.... well... Our Santas are unparalleled in the collectible space. We hope you enjoy them for years to come.

He's brand new, in the original box with all the original accessories including his copper treated, laser engraved base and story "chip".

Depending on timing in relation to Christmas, your order will come via USPS Ground or Priority Shipping. If you wish to have it sent outside the US, purchase the item at the listed price and then tell us where you need to have it sent in the comments during your purchase. We'll come to a mutually agreeable additional price and solidify the purchase. If we don't come to an agreement, we'll just cancel the purchase and you won't be charged or will be refunded.
180 USD