I took a long weekend away from Cici Crib to visit with my family in Pittsburgh. My parents moved to Pittsburgh after I graduated from college. My sister followed after burning out of the New York fashion scene a few years ago. They live in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh, a beautiful neighborhood bordering Carnegie Mellon University. Because the city is so rich in history, the best antiques and vintage items that have passed through Cici Crib come from Pittsburgh auction houses. My mother and sister are avid collectors of just about everything. They were excited about these 19th century children silhouettes the moment they saw them at the auction preview last month. I loved them. There is a lot of discussion amongst the three of us. I set a budget and actually won all of them. The children are cut from paper, then enhanced by pencil.
The silhouette of the boy is just so sweet. I will keep him . The picture was small enough to fit into my luggage. He sits in my livingroom now.
Silhouettes have always been popular. I have some from the 1920′s that are in my powder room.
This is a fun one. It’s on an old cake tin.
Modern silhouettes have been reinvented using different materials. Some are cut from vintage wallpaper. They are large. They are an easy way to decorate. Great for playrooms to nurseries. I love these by Inke Heiland that are in the shop now.
Some silhouettes are cut out of vinyl. Because the vinyl is micro thin, the images almost look painted onto the wall. They are a breeze to apply and most are removable. A great invention. Your child outgrows them and they can easily come off. There are so many brands and the images seem to get more complex and interesting every year. Here are some that are in the shop.
Painted silhouettes can also make a great design statement in a room.