With Forty Beautiful Unbound Pochoir Plates by E.A Seguy
SEGUY, E.A. Prismes. 40 Planches de Dessins et Coloris Nouveaux. Paris: Editions d'Art Charles Moreau , 1930.
First Edition. With forty pochoir plates by Seguy. Complete. Folio (12 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; 321 x 244 mm).

Publisher's quarter cloth over printed boards portfolio. Spine printed in black. With original silk ties. Portfolio cover with some wear to edges and top outer corner bumped. Cloth with minor fraying and splitting at extremities. Margins of plates lightly foxed, but images still very clean. Bookplate of the Worcester Art Museum on front pastedown, covering the publisher's ads. Bookplate with "withdrawn" stamp on it. Half-title and each plate at lower margin with small stamp reading "School of the Worcester Art Museum. Overall very good, with beautiful plates.

"E.A. Seguy was an artist and designer active in Paris during the first three decades of the 20th century. Very little is known about him, even his actual name and birth/death dates are in dispute... Seguy was one of few artists that successfully combined both Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles in his work. His brightly colored geometric patterns were intended to be used as inspiration for such decorative items as textiles and wallpaper... Seguy’s albums were created using a unique printing process called pochoir, which was popular in France at the turn of the 20th century. Pochoir is a process that utilizes the method of applying pigment to paper through the use of stencils. First, the artist created an image in watercolor or gouache. The design was then analyzed to determine the necessary colors and number of stencils needed. The stencils could be cut from any number of materials, including copper, zinc, oiled cardboard, or celluloid. The paint was applied through the stencils by brushes or pompons. The prints were produced entirely by hand assembly line style, and each one was individually examined and approved upon completion." (E.A. Seguy, Insects, and the Art of Pochoir. University of Miami, Special collections).

HBS # 68572 $3,000

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