The vintage wooden collectible The Gallier House, from the 1994 New Orleans Christmas Series is a classic example of New Orlean’s architecture designed by James Gallier Jr. Since this is a retired piece it is no longer available at the “Official” Cat’s Meow Village website, but it is still available at other web sources. The best value source for this piece is probably ebay, or but it can also be found at Appletreedeals or with a google search. Prices range from an ebay auction price starting at .99 to retail sales prices at online sites for around $17.95.
The 1994 New Orleans Christmas Series was retired in 1999. First year issues generally go for slightly more than later issues, but piece condition is always a major factor. Since these pieces are 12 – 22 years old, and were probably in someone’s collection, it is important to try to get as much condition info as possible. This mean pictures, so you can see for yourself what you are buying.
The production process for this series has the piece info and Faline’s stamped signature and date of issue on the bottom left corner of the back side of the piece. And as in all authentic CMV pieces, look for Casper the cat somewhere on the piece. On the Gallier House piece, Casper is sitting just above the double doors, watching all the arrivals.
Occasionally pieces can be found that were in retail inventory and never collected or displayed by anyone, but even then, due to various storage methods, item condition still needs to be seen. Any good source for CMV pieces should be able to provide good clear front and rear view photos. That was the case with the Appletreedeals.com source, plenty of pictures and a good item description.
In 1857, esteemed New Orleans architect, James Gallier, Jr., put his considerable talent to work designing a residence of his own. GALLIER HOUSE, located at 1132 Royal Street in New Orlean’s French Quarter, is an outstanding example of accurate and comprehensive historic restoration of one of New Orleans’ loveliest and time-honored landmarks.
In the mid-19th century, Gallier was one of New Orleans’ most prominent architects. His design work found an enthusiastic audience of civic leaders, businessmen, and affluent families. Enjoy a stroll through Gallier’s elegant Victorian home, authentically restored to reflect the taste and lifestyle of a successful urban designer in post-Civil War New Orleans.
Experience this wonderfully furnished home with its detailed garden, elegant carriageway, and restored slave quarters.
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.
Gallier House now houses a museum, with the interior restored and furnished in the style of the 1850s.
I will be posting more individual CMV piece pictures from my collection, and will include as much history and source locater information as I can. Feel free to comment or ask questions, particularly if you can add to the history of the piece.