Schieren Schnitten
79.9 Schieren Schnitten.  34.3 x 24.8 cm

This lovely hand colored valentine is a fine example of German paper cutting or schieren schnitten.  While everyone's childhood probably holds memories of folded paper and scissors resulting in one of a kind snowflakes, schieren schnitten is a much more elaborate version of the same process. 

While age has caused the written sentiment to fade considerably, the affection expressed in this valentine is evident in each delicate, deliberate cut and tenderly drawn vine and flower.

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