All That I Am Paperweight
- Made in New York, U.S.A.
- French crystal
- 4 X 2 3/4 X 7/8 inch
- Felt padded on reverse
French crystal produces a brilliant, sparkling effect and is dramatically heavier than ordinary glass. This French crystal oval paperweight features the abbreviated "All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother" quote from President Abraham Lincoln. Perfect for keeping desktop papers contained, this paperweight makes a great gift.
The word "decoupage" comes from French, and means "cut out" or "cut from something." Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cut-outs onto it. Each layer is sealed with varnish until the cut-outs no longer look stuck on, and the result has the appearance of a painting or inlay work instead.
The origin of decoupage is thought to be East Siberian tomb art. Nomadic tribes used cut-out felts to decorate the tombs of their deceased. From Siberia, the practice made its way to China, and by the 12th century, cut-out paper was being used to decorate lanterns, windows, boxes and other objects. Italy—especially Venice—was at the forefront of trade with the Far East in the 17th century, and it is generally thought that it is through these trade links that the cut-out paper decorations made their way to Europe.