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Artist: Eugene Alain Seguy
French (1889-1985)

Plate: seg.19

Title: Plate no.19

Description: Condition A
Original Pochoir (Hand coloured) lithograph from the "Suggestions pour Etoffes et Tapis" (Suggestions for Stuffs and Carpets) portfolio.
Ch. Massin & Cie, Paris 1929

Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Overall Sheet Size: 12 7/8 in x 17 3/4 in
  32.6 cm x 45.2 cm
Price: Sold

From the Parisian studio of Eugene Alain Seguy comes this exquisite portfolio "Suggestions" Authentic Art Deco designs of the 1920s which featured 60 patterns on 20 plates for use in textile design. Brilliantly executed in pochoir, these designs are brilliant examples of the influence of plants and flowers in Art Deco ornamentation. This is one of Seguy' most handsome compendiums with designs based on flowers and leaves. Along with Grasset and Verneuil, Seguy pioneered the decorative application of floral motifs, and his works are among the most sumptuous of the period.

Seguy created 11 albums of illustrations and designs from the turn of the century to the 1930s, and his style reflected the influences of both Art Nouveau and Art Deco. His various color portfolios of visual ideas for artists and designers often featured motifs based on the natural world, including flowers, foliage, crystals and animals. Although his compositions were design oriented, he made the depiction's scientifically accurate. His later works showed an increased interest in geometric and cubist designs. The prints in the portfolios were produced using the pochoir technique characterized by rich, intense color. This printing process, utilized in the early 20th century for high quality prints, involved applying colors to each plate with a number of stencils.

Seguy’s works include Les Fleurs et Leurs Applications Decoratives (1900), Samarkande – 20 Compositions en Couleurs dans le Style Oriental (1914), Floreal (1920), Papillons (1924), Insectes (1924), Primavera --Dessins et Coloris Nouveaux (1929), Suggestions (1929), and Prismes - 40 Planches de Dessins et Coloris Nouveaux (1931).

Extremely little is known about E.A. Seguy who was active in Paris from 1900 to 1925. His mastery of decorative design and coloration is evident in the beautiful pochoir portfolios he created. Unusual in his capacity to span the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, Seguy's portfolio's remain exquisite examples of ornamentation and composition.

Pochoir, French for stencil, defines a technique of print making popular in France in the early 1900s. It is a labor intensive process of applying brilliant color by hand using a series of cutout stencils. Each plate is an original print using up to thirty stencils in one image. All are hand colored and most are signed in the plate by the illustrator.

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