7 x 8 (Matted to 12,5 x 14)
Pochoir is the French word for stenciling, a form of coloring pictures that dates to a thousand years ago in China. It was introduced to commercial publishing in France in the late 1800s, and there it had its most exquisite expression. The pochoir process would use from 20 to 250 different stencils applied to a black-and-white collotype print from a photograph. The collotypes are affixed to stencil sheets of metal or board, and the patches to be colored are cut out. Each color to be applied uses a separate pompon, or brush of coarse, shortly-cropped animal hair, to sponge or dab on the paint. Each stencil is done in turn until the image is finished, so it is essential to place the stencils exactly in position. This wonderful pochoir is signed Jeanne Duche and seems to be for a candy (bonbon) company called TONTON BONBON: a very dapper gentleman is showering waiting children with bonbons... on a lovely silver background the colors fly off the page.
Art (paintings, prints, frames)