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Floral Squares. c.1900. Dark ground Japanese stencil on mulberry paper treated with persimmon juice and smoked. Punch carving technique. 7 1/2 x 14 3/4 (sheet 12 1/2 x 17 3/4).The intricately ccrved squares are set on diagonals. A delightful komon (small motif) pattern. Ex-collection Helen Hyde. $275.

This punched floral pattern uses two repeating chisels creates lozenges that look like flowers. An example of truly the most fine and skilled of all stencils carved. These miniature stencil patterns were typically punch or drill carved, as is this one.

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