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    Sèguy Butterfly Prints, ca. 1928

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    Appraised on: July 9, 2011

    Appraised in: Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Appraised by: Donald Cresswell

    Category: Prints & Posters

    Episode Info: Minneapolis, Hour 1 (#1616)

    Originally Aired: May 7, 2012

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    Form: Print
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $4,000

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    Appraisal Video: (1:20)


    Appraised By:

    Donald Cresswell
    Folk Art, Prints & Posters
    The Philadelphia Print Shop

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: These were prints that my mother acquired in the mid to late '50s. I inherited them kind of by default because neither of my sisters really cared for them, but I always found them to be quite scary when I was a kid and now I've grown to be kind of fond of them, and I wanted to know more about them.

    APPRAISER: So because they were bugs you didn't like them, is that it?

    GUEST: I thought they were kind of big scary moths, like my idea... if this was real, that'd be terrible.

    APPRAISER: (laughing) I'd say.

    GUEST: They were really bad. Well, there is a realistic element to them.

    APPRAISER: These are done by a French artist named Sèguy, and they were done about 1928.

    GUEST: Oh, wow.

    APPRAISER: Sèguy's butterflies are actually a real classic, and these bold colors-- it's called pochoir. Pochoir is the use of stencils, and then they would use a roller or a very heavy brush. So that's why it's so bold and strong. These are very much in favor today. A fair retail price for these is about $2,000 each.

    GUEST: Oh, wow!

    APPRAISER: Yeah.

    GUEST: Well, I'm liking them better now. Now my kids will fight over them.

    APPRAISER: Good, good.

    GUEST: They're going to suddenly be butterfly lovers.

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