Fine paper-work cut out crafted from a single sheet of paper, featuring a mermaid and heart theme, with delicate, flame-singed edges. In 19th century oval frame, under glass. Signed on reverse.
11 x 13 1/2 inches, frame depth 2 inches
Scherenschnitte, which means “scissor cuts” in German, is the art of paper cutting design. The art work often has symmetry within the design, and common forms include silhouettes, valentines, and love letters. The art tradition was founded in Switzerland and Germany in the 16th century, and was brought to Colonial America in the 18th century by immigrants who settled primarily in Pennsylvania.