|The History of Decoupage
|The ancient art of "decoupage,"
named by the French from the
verb "decouper" meaning "to
cut," began as the latest fashion
back to the 17th century, when
Louis XIV was presented with a
red lacquer-ware table by the
Ambassador from Siam in 1682! In
Venice, this new art form was known as "lacca
contrafatta." In England it was
called "chinoiserie," or the more popular term then, "japanning," after the
original Asian lacquer-ware.
Nothing like it had been seen
before and soon, it
became all the rage. In France,
Marie Antoinette and her court
ladies were snipping away at works
by famous artists such as Boucher
and Fragonard. Such was the passion
for this new art form that court
ladies all over Europe were
"... cutting up anything they
could lay their hands on. An
early 18th-century letter written by
a Mme Aisse writes:
"We are here in the height of a
new passion for cutting up
coloured engravings... every
lady, great and small is cutting
away. These cuttings are
pasted on sheets of pasteboard,
and then varnished. We make
panels, screens, and fireboards
of them. There are books and
engravings that cost up to 100
lire apiece. If this fashion continues,they will cut up Raphaels!"
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