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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.


I have made a separate page for 'Anweisung zum Modelliren aus Papier' by Heinrich Rockstroh (see below) because it is the first known book about this type of cut and fold technique. However, I have not made further individual pages since the technique of seems to have changed very little from this point onward.


'Anweisung zum Modelliren aus Papier oder aus demselben allerley Gegenstände im Kleinen nachzuahmen. Ein nützlicher Zeitvertreib für Kinder' by Heinrich Rockstroh was published by Verlag des Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs, Weimar, in 1802.



'Die Kunst, mancherlei Gegenstände aus Papier zu formen', by Heinrich Rockstroh, was published by in 1810. This was a new extended version of his 1802 book.



'Der Papparbeiter oder Anleitung in Pappe zu arbeiten' by B H Blasche was published in 1911. A full copy of the work can be accessed here.



'Der Papierformer oder Anleitung, allerlei Gegenstande der Kunstwelt aus Papier nackzubilden' by B H Blasche was published in 1819. A full copy of the work can be accessed here.



'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. I do not know when the first edition was published.



'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 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.


Cartonnage Silveroctahedron - 1889

'La Science Pratique' by Gaston Tissandier, which was published by G Masson in Paris in 1889, contains a design for a Cartonnage Silveroctahedron, under the name 'Ballon fait sans rognure avec un carre de papier ou d'etoffe' (Balloon made without offcuts from a sheet of paper or cloth), which is made in two parts which then need to be glued or sewn together.



'A Practical System in Folding, Cutting and Modelling', by A Louise Woodford, which was published by Broadway Publishing Company in New York in 1908, is a book of simple cardboard modelling / paper sloyd designs intended for classroom use.