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1948 Original Serigraph Polish Easter Egg Art Bohemian Prayer Book DAW1

1948 Original Serigraph Polish Easter Egg Art Bohemian Prayer Book DAW1

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This is an original 1948 four-color serigraph of Polish patterns and designs for Easter eggs (made by Mrs. Adam Bartosz of Stevens Point, Wisconsin). These motifs were used when Polish families did traditional designing, waxing, and dyeing or eggs, which were usually floral or geometric in nature.

The lower design is a geometrical, abstract, and floral motif from a Bohemian prayer book that was handwritten, illustrated, and brought to Wisconsin by the mother of Miss Mary Shimonek (date unknown). The original prayer book is the property of the Neville Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Period Paper has obtained an interesting and rare collection of serigraphs (a silk-screen process) deaccessioned from a major Wisconsin library with interesting historical design and decor motifs from the 19th century. Many of the designs of alien origin here have their counterparts in American design today. In this collection you will find a variety of implemented designs in different media portrayed Ñ carved and painted wood, cast and wrought iron, beadwork, embroidery, needlepoint, appliquŽ, quill work, pottery, rug making and even Easter egg coloring. These designs were obviously influenced by a wide variety of settlers of Wisconsin, including members of the the three largest Indian tribes. These original serigraphs would look stunning framed, and their color saturation is exceptional.


This 63+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Moderate aging in margins. No creases. No natural defects. No tears. No water damage. Please note that this art board was held in a collection by a Wisconsin Library and was recently deaccessioned. A few marks may exist on the verso but in no way impact the original art on the front of the board.

  • Product Type: Original Serigraph; Color
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.25 x 13.25 inches; 26 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

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