Since finding a spectacular entire album of late 19th century schoolgirl cut paper weavings, foldings, and yarn drawings recently, I've been on close watch for more of the like. This is one of three double-sided cut paper designs I purchased from the same source--certainly removed from one album--which I am listing simultaneously, and do think would be really beautiful framed and hung together in a grouping (with the only challenge being which side of each to show.)
I really, really love the crisp, bold geometries of these, which feel both very much like traditional quilt designs, and also very modern. On this one orange paper was used on both sides--folded, cut, then adhered the the paper. The added bonus is the delicate trace memory of the design on what I assume was the adjacent page in the album, which left these wonderful faint shadow forms, adding another dimension. Just perfect.
C. 1870s-90s. There is a clean tear along the bottom edge (as I have it oriented) and a rough long edge from where it was cut out from the album. Otherwise scattered stains and aging. 9 1/4" x 6 3/4".