Paris: Ch. Massin, 1920. First edition. Loose leaf portfolio. Elephant Folio (18 x 13"). 4pp. Original brown quarter-cloth over beautiful decorative paper-covered boards with black lettering on illustrated tan label of cover and three string-ties. Publisher's device on title page.
Splendid rare pattern book featuring impressive oriental ornament designs by the by the French illustrator Emile-Allain Séguy, known as E.-A. Séguy, one of the most important exponents of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements of the 1920s. This particular album served as a pattern book for textiles and wallpapers, featuring semi-abstract floral motifs inspired by the oriental styles and taste of the artists of Samarkand in Uzbekistan.
The twenty beautiful pochoir renderings in this collection are powerful and convincing. His work inspired a whole generation throughout Europe. "Seguy produced eleven albums of nature themed illustrations and patterns, drawing inspiration from papillons (butterflies) and other insects, flowers, foliage, crystals and animals. 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." (Ashley Jones, Preservation Librarian, Miami University).
Séguy's popular papillon and insect books had many people confuse him with the entomologist Eugène Séguy, who held a chair of entomology at the "Museum national d'histoire naturell" from 1956 to 1960. Text in French. Binding with some wear along edges, chips and light fraying at corners, small chips along edges and covers. Paper age-toned, not affecting bright images. Portfolio in overall good, images in fine condition. g to fine. Item #47583