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Cardboard Modelling / Cartonnage
This page attempts to record what is known about Cardboard Modelling / Cartonnage. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

I define Cardboard Modelling designs as the production of three-dimensional forms by folding up and gluing together cut out nets and/or separate individual pieces.

This page is incomplete at present


Cut and Fold Polyhedral Nets - 1509 onwards

can be considered a form of Cardboard Modelling.



'L'art de modeler en papier ou en carton, ou d'imiter et d'exécuter en petit toutes sortes d'objets... Ouvrage traduit de l'allemand...' was published by J. Rister in Mulhouse). The 1848 second edition can be viewed here



'De Fröbelsche kartonwerkers. Handleiding tot het vervaardigen van allerlei soort van kartonnage' by Elise Van Calcar was published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863. A full copy can be viewed at here.



Cardboard Modelling appears as a Froeobelian occupation in 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler, which was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873.



Cardboard modelling is included in 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was first published in single volume form by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882, as the Tenth Occupation.