de·​cou·​page | \ ˌdā-(ˌ)kü-ˈpäzh How to pronounce decoupage (audio) \
variants: or découpage

Definition of decoupage

1 : the art of decorating surfaces by applying cutouts (as of paper) and then coating with usually several layers of finish (such as lacquer or varnish)
2 : work produced by decoupage

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decoupage or découpage transitive verb

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Decoupage originated in France in the 17th century as a means of artistically decorating pieces of furniture with pictures. It took a few centuries, but by the mid-20th century "decoupage" became a household name in American interior decoration. The word is fashioned from Middle French decouper, meaning "to cut out." "Decouper," in turn, pastes together the prefix de- ("from" or "away") and "couper" ("to cut). Other descendants of "couper" include "coppice" (a growth of small trees that are periodically cut), "coupé" (a horse-drawn carriage for two with a driver outside and whose name is thought to be from French carrosse coupé, literally, "cut-off coach"), and the clear-cut "coupon."

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Today, Derian is best known for his (often floral-focused) decoupage objects. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "7 Dried Flower Arrangements to Inspire Your Fall Decorating," 5 Sep. 2018 Another treasured line is the series of decoupage envelope boxes and letter holders made by Scanlon Apparati in Switzerland, whose owner, Beth, found Brooks on Instagram and felt inspired to get in touch. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Magpie Makings of Amanda Brooks’s New Cotswolds Shop," 18 July 2018 In the front room, custom shelving will host John Derian decoupage pieces and Astier de Villatte ceramics, alongside a selection of eclectic table linens, vintage cutlery and Buly 1803 beauty products. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "The Onetime Barneys Fashion Director Setting Up Shop in the English Countryside," 27 May 2018 Like sad, lonely decoupage, a shelf of inward-facing books offers the aesthetic of sandpaper. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Can We Please Stop Acting Like Backward Books Are A Legit Trend?," 12 Jan. 2018 John opened his first shop of handmade decoupage tabletop pieces in 1995, in a little shop in the East Village on 2nd Street, between the Bowery and Second Avenue. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "John Derian’s Expanding Universe," 29 Mar. 2018 For more info: ART: John Derian Erin Moriarty shows us the work of decoupage artist John Derian. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (Feb. 25)," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of decoupage

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decoupage

French découpage, literally, act of cutting out, from Middle French, from decouper to cut out, from de- + couper to cut — more at cope entry 1

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