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SÉGUY, EUGÉNE ALAN: - Papillons. Paris, Tolmer editeur 13 Quai d'Anjou, ca 1928.

 1406489929,
Folio (33 x 45 cm). Pp. (4) and 20 pochoir plates including 16 of butterflies (depicting 80 different varieties) and 4 with decorative abstract patterns. As issued loose in original cloth backed white boards with cloth ties. Upper cover decorated with a large coloured butterfly in pochoir and lettered in silver and black. First and only edition of this spectacular Art Nouveau design album. The plates depict exotic and intensely coloured butterflies from India, Africa, the Himalayas, South-East Asia, China, New Zealand and South America, enlarged in size, but reproduced faithfully in form and colour in a mixed technique of collotype and stencil in watercolour or gouache. Eugène Séguy (1889-1985) was one of the foremost French designers at the beginning of the 20th century, working both in the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles. He produced eleven albums of illustrations and designs, of which this portfolio is considered the most magnificent. Besides being an artist Séguy was trained as an entomologist, eventually becoming Director of the Laboratory for General and Applied Entomoloy at the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. In the Papillon collection he presents images of exotic butterflies in a very sensitive as well as artistic way. The pochoir technique is especially suited to the subject, allowing the artist to convey the intensity of colour in the butterflies' wings. The four last plates depict 16 decorative abstract designs derived from the butterflies' shimmering patterns. A most wonderful copy.
EUR 12800.00 [Appr.: US$ 15114.75 | £UK 11528.25 | JP¥ 1710212] Book number 120297

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