Sèguy Butterfly Prints, ca. 1928
Appraised Value: $4,000
IMAGE: 1 of 3
Appraisal Video: (1:20)
Folk Art, Prints & Posters
The Philadelphia Print Shop
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!
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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