This listing is for a genuine Walter Brockmann and W-B Studios ceramic "Barn of Plenty" from 1994. If you like Walter Brockmann's style, you're going to love this piece. There are so many added details I don't think I could even mention them all. From the "TRACTOR RIDES ON THE DEER" sign, to the oversized produce around the building. Please look really closely at the photos for more details, including the giant wreath on the side and the snow on the hay bales.
This piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or breaks. It's designed to be illuminated from within and a typical "house" light is included. The piece is marked W-B Studios on the bottom and dated. The barn measures about 8" tall and is about 8 1/4 across at the base if you count the overhang of the produce.
If you're unfamiliar with Brockmann, he was producing Christmas snow village houses in his St Louis studios before Dept 56 started any of their lines. Many collectors even credit Brockmann with starting the Christmas Village industry. Some of his fans even claim that Dept 56 "appropriated" the idea of a ceramic Christmas snow village from him.
Shipping for this item will be boxed (and well protected) and insured Parcel Select within the USA. International shipping via Priority Mail.
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When you receive your package you may notice that the postage was actually a little less than what you paid for the estimated shipping. Please bear in mind that the estimated postage included a slight bump to cover these Ebay and Paypal fees, a small amount (typically less than $1.00 for average box) to cover Delivery Confirmation (Signature Delivery Confirmation for items expected to go over $150) and to help cover the costs of all those petroleum based packing materials (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc). Many items are also insured in case of loss/damage.
On heavier or oversize items, I may ship via FEDEX GROUND to try to save you money and/or delivery time. Unfortunately I cannot show that rate on Ebay as a separate rate. I will refund any significant savings (over say $1 or so).
Similarly, if I can combine shipping for you I will and will refund any significant savings. Please note that I will not combine items if their size of nature makes it impractical, more expensive or dangerous (I won't ship a lead weight and a porcelain vase together).
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I will only ship internationally using PRIORITY MAIL, Registered Mail or Express Mail. I've tried to be a nice guy and offered to use First Class Mail but have had several international buyers ask me to use First CLass Mail, which cannot be tracked or insured, despite my warnings and then claim they never got the item. I got stuck for those items so from now on I only ship with trackable, insurable mail.
The items I sell come from various collections and estates. Generally these items have been used or stored. I have no way of knowing whether the previous owner ever smoked, had pets, stored peanuts, or ever had a musty basement, etc. I do at least a cursory cleaning of the items I sell and will do my best to remove dirt, display dust, odors etc, but I CAN NOT be reponsible for things like dust in tight corners, odors I didn't dectect, or some mark buried in the middle of a book. You're not paying for my time on an hourly basis and you're certainly not paying professional conservator/restoration rates so please be reasonable. I try to be as factual as I can when describing an item.
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