German Paper Cutting Art 1920s Scherenschnitte by Eva Schonberg
- Vintage item from the 1920s
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This framed artwork is a lovely example of scherenschnitte, which is a German word for the art of paper cutting design. Executed by hand with scissors and signed by prolific artist Eva Schonberg in Berlin in the 1920s, this incredibly intricate and finely done black paper cut-out depicts a young woman in a ruffled dress, mobcap and lace-up shoes holding a nosegay of flowers. Schonberg's distinctive signature, consisting of an open pair of scissors and her printed name, is at the lower right of the cut-out.
As you can see in our photos, there is a bit of the history of this piece written by hand in ink on the backing paper. The paper is torn, but fortunately none of the writing was affected. The artwork was brought over from Germany by a teacher from Ohio and given to a woman named, coincidentally, Eva.
Framed measurements are 8 5/8 inches wide and about 12 3/4 inches tall. The paper cutting is mounted on cream colored paper, which has toning, light water stains along the bottom center and a few light brown marks at the upper right. The frame is simple, narrow black wood; both the frame and the glass are in good condition and there are no tears or folds in the artwork. There are screw eyes mounted on the back for hanging wire; it will be your choice to install the wire or prop the scherenschnitte on an easel or shelf---it weighs just one pound.
This is a wonderful find for the admirer of vintage scherenschnittes.
**The word 'scherenschnitte' literally translates in English to "shearing cuts," while 'scherenschnitt' (without the final letter e) translates to "silhouette." Scherensnittes have many open cut-out areas, some breathtakingly fine and narrow, while silhouettes typically are solid paper outlines, occasionally with a few details scissored out or painted on.