Seguy Papillons Butterfly PL1


Seguy Papillons Butterfly PL1 is an original plate from E.A. Seguy’s Papillons 1924 portfolio. Measures 12 3/4″ x 18″. Excellent condition with small chip at the top of the plate. Extraordinary bright pochoir coloring. Particularly in the green and blue paint.


Emile-Alain Seguy Pochoir Butterfly 1920 sourced from a Papillons Portfolio

This desirable antique butterfly design is available to purchase. You can buy Seguy Papillons Butterfly PL1 with our buy it now option. Emile Allain Séguy, and E.A. Seguy was also known as Eugène Séguy. He published the Papillons (or Butterflies in English) in 1924. The designs were used for all kinds of textiles and wall paper as well. Intense coloration is the result of using metallic & mineral components in the paints. Each color was applied by individual stencils. A large rounded brush of was used to apply the paint liberally (thick). A complete set of Papillons has 20 total plates to a portfolio. 16 butterfly plates plus 4 plates of geometric butterfly patterns.

E.A. Seguy Artwork-Height of Parisian Art Deco & Art Nouveau

Emile Alain Seguy lived from 1877-1945. His life began just as the Art Nouveau began and ended as the Art Deco period ended. One of his finest creation was Papillons which were published at the height of Art Deco & Art Nouveau in France. They were printed by two companies: Duchartre & Van Buggenhoudt, both located in Paris. Portfolios were sold by galleries in Paris. Little information is known as to prices they sold for or how many were published. Furthermore little is known about the galleries that sold these unusual design portfolios.

Lastly I speculate this Seguy Papillons Butterfly PL1 was purchased from a small gallery in the Montmontre. Near the Moulin Rouge. Located in the 18th Arrondissement. This was the heart of the Paris scene during the 1920’s. Fashion and the arts were at a worldwide height here. Women decked out in Art Deco dress. Men looking their best. Paris was the place to be. And the 18th Arrondissement was the place to buy great art.

Pochoir defined: the application of water color by stencil.

Pochoir is a French printing technique used in the early 1900’s. Emile-Alain Seguy is best known best for the works on Butterflies and Insects. Seguy published the two incredible works of Art Deco in Paris from 1924 to 1926. Seguy Papillons Butterfly PL1 came from this work. Utilizing the French technique of adding color known as Pochoir, the metallic water colors were applied by stencils. The results were these fabulous examples of art deco. Each piece reflects the excitement experienced during the Art Nouveau & Art Deco periods.

Conclusions: Own Seguy Papillons Butterfly PL1-original pochoir art.

When you own an original piece of art you are owning a little bit of the time in history. My father told me a long time ago: “anyone can own a picture of the Mona Lisa.” Which means anyone can own a fake, but few can own the real one. Own a piece of historic artwork such as Seguy Papillons Butterfly PL1. Live with an exciting time of Parisian history.

In conclusion Art Nouveau and Art Deco both utilized “nature” as common subject manner. Whereas the Seguy Papillons and Insectes have a single theme of butterflies of bugs. Seguy had a reverence for nature. He conveyed this clearly through unparalleled designs, such as this particular piece. This antique Seguy print will take you back in time to the height of the Art Nouveau & Art Deco periods in Paris.

Lastly you can learn more about E.A. Seguy and see additional available pieces from Papillons & Insectes. Please see my main page by clicking the link below. Call with any questions about Seguy Papillons Butterfly PL1. Thanks for visiting! Anne 413-245-4197.

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