Pouchoir is a complicated process whereby an artist's picture is broken down into separate areas, and stencils made of each area - and the necessary joining pieces. Craftsmen were then allocated a particular piece each to be painted. This ensured that each finished work looked approximately the same (although minute difference can be seen if you see more than one copy of a work.) It was used in the Art Deco period. For more information see Art Deco Prints by Giuliana Ercoli - Phaidon-Christie's Limited. These pieces are sometimes mistaken for prints so it is good to look very carefully at Art Deco pictures - you might be lucky!

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