APPLIED BY HAND THROUGH FINELY CUT STENCILS. This Pochoir Christmas Card was made in France, c. MADE IN FRANCE is printed on the reverse. The colours are fresh and bright. The card is unused and blank inside, without an envelope.
The size is 130x164mm and it is in very good condition with a gilded boarder. There is slight wear on the spine. The pochoir process, characterized by its crisp lines and brilliant colors, produces images that have a freshly printed or wet appearance. Pochoir is a refined stencil-based technique employed to create prints. It was most popular from the late 19th century through the 1930's with its center of activity in Paris.
At the peak of its popularity in the early 20th century, there were as many as thirty graphic design studios in France, each employing up to 600 workers. Pochoir begins with the analysis of the composition, including color tones and densities, of a color image. Numerous stencils were designed as a means of reproducing an image. A craftsman known as a découpeur would cut stencils with a straight-edged knife.
The stencils were originally made of aluminum, copper, or zinc but eventually the material of choice was either celluloid or plastic. Along with this transition of stencil materials, there was a shift away from the use of watercolor towards the broad, soft, opaque layers of gouache. The technique was further refined in an effort to create the most vivid, accurately colored reproductions.
Stencils created by the découpeur would be passed on to the colorists. The colorists applied the pigments using a variety of different brushes and methods of paint application to create the finished pochoir print.The item "French Art Deco Pochoir Christmas Card c. 1920" is in sale since Sunday, April 28, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectables\Paper & Ephemera\Greeting Cards\Vintage (1920-1980)".
The seller is "fair-and-square" and is located in London. This item can be shipped to all countries in Europe, United States, Japan, Canada, Australia.