Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Papier-mâché that has been made to resemble wood, stone, or metal, used as decoration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Statuary pasteboard; a kind of papier-maché, made of a mixture of paper-pulp, bole, chalk, and animal glue, in imitation of stone or bronze. It is well adapted for molding, and is largely used for statuary and architectural decorations.

Etymologies

French carton-pierre, "stone cardboard". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Street and tapestry from France, bits of armour, double-handed swords and battle-axes made of carton-pierre, looking-glasses, statuettes of saints, and Dresden china — nothing, in a word, could be chaster.

    The History of Pendennis

  • It is about 6 ft. high, stands on a pedestal of olive wood, is hollow, and made of a kind of stucco (carton-pierre) silvered over, excepting the face and hands of both it and the child.

    The South of France—East Half

  • a church in the Low Countries, and a large brass cathedral lamp over the round oak table; there were old family portraits from Wardour Street and tapestry from France, bits of armour, double-handed swords and battle-axes made of carton-pierre, looking-glasses, statuettes of saints, and Dresden china -- nothing, in a word, could be chaster.

    The History of Pendennis

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