Chalkware is a 18th-19th century Folk Art made from plaster of Paris and decorated with watercolors. The figure is cast in two molds then cemented together and painted. Today figures are painted in oil or tempera. This art began in Italy and spread to America. Inspiration for these figures reflect a love of flora, fauna, historical art motifs, religious symbols and the beauty of Nature. Antique chalkware is very fragile but methods have changed to strengthen contemporary chalkware.
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