Sèguy Butterfly Prints, ca. 1928

Value (2012) | $4,000 Retail

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.

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

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

(laughing) I'd say.

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

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

Oh, wow.

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.

Oh, wow!


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

Good, good.

They're going to suddenly be butterfly lovers.

Appraisal Details

The Philadelphia Print Shop
Philadelphia, PA
Appraised value (2012)
$4,000 Retail
Minneapolis, MN (July 09, 2011)

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