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"Hinterglasmalerei" is the German word for paintings done on the reverse side of glass. The 19th century American folk art iteration of this craft, tinsel painting, was likely brought here from Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire but may also have had roots in Russian icon painting. Over time, tradition evolved to trend and these glass paintings, laid over scrap foil from tea packages, were designed to imitate the gilded federal mirrors paintings of wealthy French and English households. From the 1830's on, tinsel painting was popular as an affordable way for ladies to introduce a bit of glitter into their parlors.

My tinsel painting is a contemporary exploration of this traditional style. Each one is hand painted from an original sketch onto the glass insert of a carefully selected vintage frame (recycled!) and signed -- no two are alike! Please enjoy and email me with any questions!

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For 15% OFF, use coupon code TINSELSALE

"Hinterglasmalerei" is the German word for paintings done on the reverse side of glass. The 19th century American folk art iteration of this craft, tinsel painting, was likely brought here from Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire but may also have had roots in Russian icon painting. Over time, tradition evolved to trend and these glass paintings, laid over scrap foil from tea packages, were designed to imitate the gilded federal mirrors paintings of wealthy French and English households. From the 1830's on, tinsel painting was popular as an affordable way for ladies to introduce a bit of glitter into their parlors.

My tinsel painting is a contemporary exploration of this traditional style. Each one is hand painted from an original sketch onto the glass insert of a carefully selected vintage frame (recycled!) and signed -- no two are alike! Please enjoy and email me with any questions!

K. Abigail Walthausen

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