Original early 19th-century Pin-Prick Picture - Primrose Flower


An original early 19th-century pin-prick picture, Primrose Flower.

This is an exquisite example of a antique pin-prick picture, a now rare art form of the late 18th and early 19th century. The ghostly yet emphatic image of a primrose flower has been created by pricking holes in a piece of paper. The undulating surface of the paper, creating the effect of shape and shadow, has been produced by varying whether the pricks are made from the front or the back of the sheet, and by the varying density of pricks.

By the end of the 18th century, working in paper using a variety of techniques was a favourite pastime of the genteel classes - the paper-prick image being one of the most challenging techniques. Examples of such work can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Please note that the paper is cream in colour and is most accurate in the first and second photographs shown. The darker photograph shows the paper when held up to the light and is included to show the pin prick holes - the paper is not that dark in reality. The first photograph is taken at a slight angle to capture the three-dimensionality of the work.

The delicate pin-pricked paper surface is in excellent, fully intact condition. There is some minor age toning, very slight creasing, and there are pinholes around the outer edge of the sheet.
19.7cm x 15.5cm.

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Product code: JM-064

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