1948 Original Serigraph Wisconsin Butter Molds Historical Decorative Art DAW1


This is an original 1948 two-color serigraph of a collection of patterns from historical butter molds(top circular designs) from the Robert Barrie family of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in 1838. The molds later were passed to the Tom Spry family and the Purucker family in the 1840s. At the time of this publication the original molds were owned by the Dwight Foster Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. The lower animal designs are from a Wisconsin cookie board that was owned by Mrs. Silas Spengler of Menasha, 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 +++. Light aging throughout. 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 10.5 x 13.25 inches; 27 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)

Keywords specific to this image: decorative art, folk, handicrafts, kitchen, food, design, motif, decor, craftsmanship, dairy, history, pig, swine, bird, dog, floral, flowers, plants, botanical, baking, baker, dessert, pastry, pastries