Beautiful Silhouettes

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The art of the silhouette cutting started in Europe in the early 1700′s. Silhouettists, clinic as they were called, were hired as an amusement for the royal class. The artist would attend the extravagant balls and cut out the profiles of the lords and ladies, capturing the profiles of the fashions and elaborate wigs. In the 1800′s silhouettes became extremely popular. Many silhouette artists became famous and rich catering to American politicians and the wealthy.

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Silhouettes remain extremely popular today, and in fact they have become one of the most collectable art forms.

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These lovely silhouettes were made by American Artisan, Susan Mackey Tunnicliffe and will soon be available for purchase. Feel free to email me if you have an interest in any of the ones shown here.

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We are expecting a huge snowstorm here in Delaware, starting today. I know the stores will be really crowded so I better get there before they do. I hope you enjoy that little bit of history about the silhouettes. I always appreciate that you visit my blog and as soon as the weather warms up again, and Spring has sprung, I look forward to writing about my day trips along the country roads.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Stay warm, and as always-
Happy day
Carole

2 Responses to “Beautiful Silhouettes”

  1. thepowderdwigs Says:

    Carole,

    Such lovely little treasures. I especially adore the braided hair surrounding the silhouettes. Is it flax? You always come up with such sweet surprises and how these are so appropriate for Valentine’s Day.

    Stay warm.

    Donna

  2. carole holt Says:

    Hello Donna. It’s really nice to hear from you. These silhouettes are just gorgeous, and the hair is real!
    Carole

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