Folk Art

Rare Antique Folk Art Scherenshnitte Watchpaper
  • Here is a little rarity for you.  A Scherenschnitte (or scissor-cutting) watch paper.  I always seek and love Scherenschnitte for the loving care they required and the fact that the were mostly done by young ladies working to express their talent for the arts and for their love of the people they gifted with their finished product.  Watchpapers were given to the man in the artist's life to tuck inside his pocket watch and remember the love of his life whenever he checked the time.  The are rarely found today and highly sought.  This delicate little Scherenschnitte watchpaper is a quadruple linked chain with a fragile center bouquet of flowers and leaves.  This early 19th century watchpaper is only 2" in diameter and placed onto black paper.  This paper and it's cousin (also being listed today) are framed in round 20th century moulded wood frames that have been painted black with a gilt inside edge, and nicely distressed to create an appropriate package for these little jewels.  Framed size is 5 1/4" diameter.  There are a few minor breaks that you can see in the images, but it is really in excellent condition, especially when you consider that it probably had never been framed until recent decades.  Circa first quarter of the 19th century.

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    Please see Scherenschnitte, The Art of Papercutting for more information on this wonderful form of folk art.