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Matchstick Pictures, probably Mexican 1980s

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These bright spirited little pictures are probably not actually made of matchsticks, but I didn’t know what else to call them. They appear to be thin little pieces of reed, although I suppose they could be split matchsticks, so just to keep it simple, I’ll call them matchsticks. Whether reed or matchstick, each little piece has been individually dyed and carefully glued to a flat black mat to make dramatic and amazingly detailed lake scenes. Some of the pieces are no more than one mm long. Each has a self frame also made from the matchsticks

The larger picture measures just over 4 3/8 x 6 3/8 (110 x 160mm) x , with the matt it measures 7 x 9 inches (175 x 225 mm). It is labeled Xochiomilco, and signed by the artist (looks like Feoariz or Feoari 24). The smaller picture is 2 3/8 x 3 1/8 (60 x 80 mm), with the matt it is 4 1/8 x 4 3/8 (105 x 110 mm). It’s not signed nor titled, but is likely also Xochiomilco. Both are in perfect condition, there are no missing matchsticks, and the matting is perfect (the larger one looks like a corner has been crunched on the back, but nothing is visible on the front). Someone has written $30 on the back, but I think it was someone pulling somebody’s leg. There is no fading; they are still very vibrant, with their little green and flowery shoreline, red roofs and church with a little statue over the door, and subtle sunset. They’re fascinating, really, and will certainly start a conversation once a guest looks at them closely and realizes how they’re made.

Matchstick Pictures, probably Mexican 1980s


  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: mat board, matchsticks, reeds, split matchsticks, split reeds
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
  • Feedback: 381 reviews
  • Favorited by: 3 people