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LOT antique PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN orig SCHERENSCHNITTE paper cut 2pc FOLK ART AAFA
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Ellen Brown 1919 2011 Papercutting Original Scherenschnitte All Day Sucker
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Ellen Brown 1919 2011 Papercutting Original Scherenschnitte Handout
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Ellen Brown 1919 2011 Papercutting Original Scherenschnitte Beach Bum
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Home is Where They Love You German SCHERENSCHNITTE Framed Art 8 1 2 x 6 1 2
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Steam Engine Train Mountain Scherenschnitte Framed Paper Cutting King
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Scissor Art Rabbits Made in Heaven Nursery Baby R
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Folk Art Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting by Ruth Condon Birds
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Beautifully Matted Framed Scherenschnitte Sampler By Designs With Scissors Atl
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SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED DOUBLE MATTED 5 X 7 PICTURE READY GERMAN PAPER CUTTING
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Lot Of 2 Scherenschnitte Style Cut Paper Art Framed Small Pineapple Roosters
$12.30
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Vintage Delicate Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Mother Child Framed Love Quotation
$6.00
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Teddy Bear Original Signed By Artist
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SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSORS PAPER CUTTING FOLK ART AMERICANA WELCOME SAMPLER FRAMED
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SCHERENSCHNITTE Traditional Papercutting by Claudia Hopf Vintage Folk Art
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SCHERENSCHNITTE FRAMED FEDERAL EAGLE TWIN PAPER CUTOUT FRAMED PRIMITIVE ARTWORK
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Scherenschnitte SKUNKS Framed 5 7 8 X 11 7 8 Marilyn Diener FREE SHIPPING
$35.00
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Rare Antique Mahantongo Valley PA Scherenschnitte Att to Isaac Stiehly AAFA
$1,650.00
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VINTAGE 30s German Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin MAN WOOS LADY AULOS FLUTE
$29.99
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Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte
$120.00
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1990 Designs With Scissors RW Only Love Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts
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1988 Designs With Scissors RW Loving Hearts Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts
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1987 Designs With Scissors RW Patchwork 13x16 Scherenschnitte Cuts
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1987 Designs With Scissors RW Mother Dear Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts
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1990 Designs With Scissors RW Parents Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts
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Scissor Cut Art Work Scherenschnitte Signed by Artist Frank Joest
$21.99
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Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte
$100.00
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ORIGINAL FOLK ART SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSORS CUT INTRICATE BASKET OF FLOWERS
$25.00
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VAILLANCOURT FOLK ART SCHERENSCHNITTE SANTA BLOWN GLASS ORNAMENT GERMANY
$13.00
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1964 vintage LRG 1375 FOLK ART BIRDS scherenschnitte PAPER CUT POLANDSIGNED2
$42.50
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ORIGINAL FOLK ART SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSORS CUT INTRICATE BASKET OF FLOWERS
$19.99
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1860 antique SCHERENSCHNITTE SILHOUETTE paper cut FAIRY
$19.51
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1992 Our Family Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts 13x115 Picture
$0.99
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Vintage Signed M Diener Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting PA Dutch Fractur Design
$24.99
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Framed Scherenschnitte With Bible Verse Signed Bjorkman
$11.95
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Scherenschnitte Welcome signed
$10.99
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Framed Scherenschnitte 1990 Rules for a Happy Home Designs with Scissors 5x6
$9.99
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Early 20th century Scherenschnitte Group of 10 Chinese Warriors Paper Cutting
$199.00
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PA Scherenschnitte Paper Scissor Cutting signed by M Diener
$29.99
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Scissor Cuts My Sport Golf w Golf Ball Clubs 4
$18.99
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1933 German Nursery Rhyme Scherenschnitte Pictures Little Red Riding Hood Ovals
$71.99
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FRAMED SCHERENSCHNITTE Paper Cutting TOUCHDOWN Silhouette Buckbee Brehm FREE SH
$23.50
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Oriental Chinese cut out man dragon art scherenschnitte framed
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Pair of Antique Vintage Scherenschnitte Cut Paper Art Ships Intricate design
$149.99
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Scissor Cuts Scherenschnitte Step Or Foster Mom Mother Gift Framed
$25.00
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissors Matted Hearts Home is and Bless this Home
$12.37
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Scherenschnitte Framed Our Family is a Circle of Love by Designs w Scissors 1990
$4.92
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Framed Country Themed Framed Picture
$18.00
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1990 Scherenschnitte 11x9 Inspirational Sentiment Signed Designs with Scissors
$9.95
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Framed Signed Unusual Relief Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting of a Zebra or Horse
$29.99
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut On Parchment Framed Double Matted
$8.50
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Beautiful Framed Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting Marie Helen L Grabman 1994
$324.99
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Vintage Framed Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting Duck Prints Lot of 4 12 x 14 framed
$27.99
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Scherenschnitte scissor cuts Authentic 1990 Seasons Months sealed 75X6
$24.99
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Folk Art Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting Two Pigs Birds in Tree
$25.00
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MARILYN DIENER SCHERENSCHNITTE ART PAPER DOLLS SILHOUETTE GIRLS BABY CARRIAGE
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Scherenschnitte German Scissor Cutting Art Work Framed Clifford Bevin 350
$35.00
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Original Vintage Scherenschnitte Folk Art Flowers by Sharon Schaich
$12.95
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Scissor Paper Cut Silhouette Color Background Detailed
$15.00
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Vintage 1996 Mothers Art Scherenschnitte Scissor Cut framed signed folk art
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Claudia Hopf Scherenschnitte Signed Numbered Limited Folk Art Prints Set of 4
$39.99
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Charming Small Vintage Scherenschnitte CHILDREN Folk Art Parchme
$17.99
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Charming Small Vintage Scherenschnitte PIGS Folk Art Parchment Silhouette
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Framed Hansel Gretel Silhouette Paper Cutting Scherenschnitte 10 1 2 by 13
$34.99
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1996 Framed Scherenschnitte Scissor Paper Cutting Heart These Do I Love
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Eavenson 92 Scherenschnitte picture art framed
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Scherenschnitte Rabbit Bunny Signed Marion Carl Simmons
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VINTAGE FRAMED MATTED SILHOUETTE ART SCHERENSCHNITTE GERMAN SCISSOR CUTTING DOGS
$19.95
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Scherenschnitte Designs with Scissors Amish buggy cutout Framed Art 9 1 2
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ALISON SHRIVER CAT SCHERENSCHNITTE PAPER CUTTING SILHOUETTE Wood Frame Signed
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1996 Designs With Scissors Inc Scherenschnitte Mom
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Vintage Scherenschnitte Horse and Hearts Original Signed on Back Wanda Frazier
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SCHERENSCHNITTE PICTURE
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Small Scherenschnitte German Scissor Art Parchment Lampshade
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Scherenschnitte Flowers Tulip Picture by Sandra Gilpin
$45.00
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Framed Scherenschnitte type look engraving etching boy girl dancing
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Scherenschnitte Friends and Family Are Welcome Here
$70.00
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VINTAGE c1930s German Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin ROMANTIC MASQUERADE
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VINTAGE c1930s German Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin ROMANTIC MASQUERADE
$29.99
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VINTAGE c1930s German Scherenschnitte Paper Cut w Satin ROMANTIC MASQUERADE
$29.99
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Original signed Claudia Hopf RARE Folk Art Noahs Ark puzzle Scherenschnitte
$49.99
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Scherenschnitte Lot 2 Pattern Books a Book Country Print Paper Scissor Art
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BLESS THIS HOUSE Vintage 80s Scherenschnitte Framed Matted and Signed
$11.00
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Scherenschnitte Blessed are the Peacemakers Design with scissors Framed Folk Art
$19.85
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Traditional Papercutting The Art of Scherenschnitte by Susanne
$69.95
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SCHERENSCHNITTE SCISSOR CUTS FRAMED AMISH CHILDREN IN PARADE REGINA WALTERS 1996
$34.99
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2 German Scherenschnitte Paper Cut Out Boy Girl Vintage Decor 12 Pictures
$24.00
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Scherenschnitte Cutwork Rose Rosebud and Foliage
$75.00
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Vintage German Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting Animals Tree
$19.50
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Framed Scherenschnitte Scissor Cutting Heart Forest Scene Deer 8 X 10
$19.00
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Designs With Scissors 1988 FRIENDS ARE FOREVER Framed RW Scherenschnitte
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Handmade paper cut cutting Scherenschnitte silhouette craft folk art 003
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Scherenschnitte Art

Scherenschnitte Art

Introduction to Chinese Paper Cut Art - Jian Zhi

In the office, in school, in shopping malls, in planes and even in the comfort rooms, we find paper in many forms and uses. It's actually quite amazing to know that one of the first uses the Chinese used paper for was as a media for cutting out shapes and forms.

During the Northern and Southern Dynasty (386 - 581 A.D.), cutting out intricate patterns out of paper has become a tradition. This was the beginning of the art of Chinese Paper Cutting called Jian Zhi. The early practitioners of this art depicted in their paper cut creations their simple life, their aspirations and their beliefs. A favorite subject are objects that are symbols for good fortune and happiness. These paper cutouts where used by the people to decorate their houses during festivals and even used by women as hair ornaments during the Tang Dynasty.

The Song Dynasty greatly improved the paper making process and introduced different colors of paper. The paper cut craftsmen of the time put the colored paper to good use in their paper cut outs. In the Ming and Qing Dynasty, paper cutting art reached its peak to the point that it became a required skill for women before they can get married. Subject covered in the Chinese Paper Cut creations also expanded to cover flora and fauna, scenes from their traditional tales and folklore and even rendering images of their famous heroes and mythical Gods.

Today, China has many paper cut artists specializing in paper cut outs. The knowledge usually was passed on by generations of paper artists in their family or home town. There are different styles of rendering paper cuttings in each region of China. There used to be only traditional Chinese themes but today western images and modern art touches are found in certain paper cut outs.

Paper Cutting also surfaced in other countries like in Germany and Switzerland they have what is called scherenschnitte, in Denmark they have papirklip, in Mexico its papel picado, the Polish have wycinanki , the Netherlands have papierknipkunst, the Japanese have kirigami and katagami and even a country like Lithuania have their own paper cut art style.

The Chinese Art of Paper Cutting is called Zhong guo Jian zhi (Chinese Paper Cut) is made either by cutting using scissors or by sculpting the patterns and shapes by using a scalpel like knife. The paper commonly used for Jian Zhi is called Xuan Paper. This paper comes from Anhui province where it is made from the fibers of a pine tree.

Scissor cutting involves folding and cutting the paper and the resulting patterns are usually symmetrical due to the folds. Non-symmetrical cutouts can also be made using scissors. Chinese Paper Cut masters just wielding scissors for a tool can produce the most ornate patterns on paper. Scissor cut paper art are usually bigger in size and scale than the knife sculpted paper cuts.

Knife sculpting of paper is currently widely practiced in China. The highly skilled paper cut artists can sculpt even the thinnest and delicate lines on paper. There is a paper cut art style in China called Xi Wen style or roughly translated in English it means "thin line" style. Thin line paper cut artists can carve 50 lines on a square inch of paper. Once, a thin line paper cut master carved out 100 flowers on a one square centimeter paper.

Various regions in China have nurtured their own styles of Jian Zhi. Some counties like Yu County in Hebei province have specialized in colored hand painted paper cut art. Each regional style has its own distinct characteristic. The Zhan Pu style of paper cutting from Fujian province even deviates in the kind of paper they use. They use a glossy paper called la guang (wax paper) instead of Xuan Paper. They also have a special cutting tool called pai jian which is like a fork which can carve out hair like patterns on paper.

Paper Cutting is a tradition in China and is part of Chinese life. During festivals and holidays like the Chinese New Year, every home has to have some jian zhi adorning their walls, windows or doors. This is akin to having a Christmas tree and mistletoe at home for the Christmas holidays in the western world.

More information about Jian Zhi can be found in www.chinaartworld.com.cn. A wide variety of Chinese Paper Cut Art made by different Chinese Paper Cut artists can also be seen at this web site.

Leandro Garcia is the owner and operator of China Art World website - http://www.chinaartworld.com.cn

The website aims to promote the appreciation of the traditional Chinese Paper Cutting Art called jian zhi.

 

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