Circa: 1953 Country of Origin: United States Manufacturer: Treasure Craft
This is the very rare 1950s Santa Claus in sleigh ceramic planter made by Treasure Craft of California. Collectors of their Lucky Sprite line of pixie elf figurines are almost always delighted to find these Santas which bear a definite resemblance to the Treasure Craft pixies.
The hand molded, hand painted Santa sits with legs crossed in the seat of a dark green pottery sleigh which is 6 inches long by just over 3 inches high to the planter opening in the back. Santa is a little over 3-1/2" high. His beard, face, and the fur trim of his red suit is unglazed. There's a little minor discoloration to the face area but nothing I'd consider dirt or soiling. One cuff has some dark soil marks. Note the two unglazed white spots in his lap - I'm not sure if they're manufacturing flaws or intentional parts of his fur coat trim. There's one tiny glaze nick to the side edge of the curled front of the sleigh, visible in the last picture. Any other white spots in the photos are from reflections or glare. The planter has no markings, the original foil Treasure Craft label is missing.