This is an original French vintage pochoir from a very RARE portfolio of hat designs entitled “Les Chapeaux du Tres Parisien”. The hats are from the spring 1936 collection. Pochoir is a stencil-based printing technique that was popular is Paris in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. It was used by fashion and architectural illustrators who hand colored, or hand illustrated their prints as was done with this print. The manual aspect of pochoir has been both one of its most valuable attributes and one of its greatest failures as a printing medium. It is both labor and time consuming, making it an expensive and slow process of printmaking. As a result, this technique was short lived and was replaced by more modern lithography techniques. Thus, pochoirs have become rare and highly collectible with the passage of time.
This hat illustration is a strong piece. The colors are vibrant and clean. The designs are printed on a delicate tissue paper and there are some “ripples” or “pulls” which are natural to the pochoir process resulting from the drying process of the gouache on the tissue paper. They contribute to the character and to the original aspect of the work. This print is part of a grouping which we purchased and coordinates with others we have in our inventory (See FASH 77).Contact us if you are interested in more.
The print is 7 x 9 ¾ in size. It is original to 1936.It is in excellent pristine condition. It is custom matted in a neutral 16 x 20 inch mat which works perfectly in a standard size frame. Please allow time for custom matting.
Vintage Art Deco 1936 hat fashion pochoir