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Andre Minaux-Woman With A Flower-Lithograph By Charles Sorlier

I found this print at a Goodwill store for $7. From researching on the net, I believe it is a lithograph by Charles Sorlier of a picture by Andre Minaux (French, 1923 – 1986). It came nicely matted and frame. The picture itself is about 19″ x 29″.
I found a couple other similar pictures  while searching google. The have the same picture up top, but have printing in the solid colored area at the bottom. The description of those mention “Mourlot”. So it is possible this print may have been  produced at the Mourlot Studios in Paris. I see no signature or numbers, though I have no idea what is on the back of the print itself.

Ch. Sorlier Grav. (Charles Sorlier) printed on Andre Minaux Picture

Marcia Wilson silk screen "Cat Nap"
I found this picture at a local Goodwill store. It cost me only $1.50. After doing a search on Marcia Wilson, I found her website. She has done a bunch of etchings, so I thought this was an etching. But I took the back off the frame and found a note written in pencil on the back that said “This is an original silk screen MW 12/92″. So it’s not an etching, but a silk screen. It is on paper and measures about 5″ x 6″. It was cheaply matted and framed. My wife liked the picture. It’s signed and titled in pencil. Marcia Sandmeyer Wilson lives in Leonia, NJ.

Pablo Picasso Print Of Bouquet Of Flowers With Hands
I am not sure about this print. I found it at a Savers thrift store for $5. I have a nice Picasso serigraph, and thought this might be another one. I didn’t do any research before I bought it. But when I started doing searches for pictures by Picasso of flowers with hands, I found a bunch of images of a picture very similar to this one, but with bright colors. I mean the flowers were red, yellow, orange and purple. This picture is almost indentical, but the colors are different. I thought that it might be a print of that picture but VERY faded. But no. The shapes of the flowers and petals are almost identical except the top-most flower. The shape of the flower center is slightly different than the other pictures I found. Maybe it is a variation of the well known picture? I am thinking more likely that someone copied the original picture and reduced the colors for screen printing or something. Maybe a school project or something? No idea. At worst I got a nice frame.

Picasso Serigraph of Eagle
I had seen this Picasso picture in the thrift store a few days ago. I generally don’t buy prints, but I liked it, and the framing job was done nicely. I originally thought it was an owl. When I got home, I searched google trying to find Picasso drawings of owls and birds, and mostly found dove pictures. I went back and snapped a photo of the picture, and then tried looking it up again. I decided it looked more like an eagle. I finally found one other example of this picture. It was a Goodwill auction for an unframed picture. It was described as a serigraph. When I went back to the store and took a closer look at the picture under my loupe, I could see the slightly raised ink. I figured out this was a serigraph (or screen printed picture). The picture is about 8″ x 8″ on paper. It’s done by Pablo Picasso and was dated 3.4.54 (3/4/1954). The bird in the picture looks like an eagle to me, but might be some other type of bird. I don’t know how old this print is, but the paper looks older with a slight tan tint to it. It was priced at $19.99, but was half off, so only cost me $10. The unframed picture in the Goodwill auction sold for $128.
I later found another one of these on an auction page described ‘pen and ink drawing of an eagle, 1954.  Signed “Picasso”, lower right, dated 3.4.54 upper right. Sight: 9  1/2″ x 7 1/2″‘ with an estimate of $800, but it was marked as *WITHDRAWN*. My guess is they figured out it wasn’t an original pen an ink drawing. Though $800 seems low for an original pen & ink drawing by Picasso.

This is information came from one of my readers (Thank you Janie!):
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A company called Haloid Xerox worked to develop a photocopier and finally introduced the 914 to the market in New York City on September 16, 1959. This company, by 1961, changed its name to Xerox Corporation.

In 1963 Xerox put forth a commercial ad campaign to promote sales of the model 914. Xerox sent out copies of the owl/eagle drawing using the 914, to prospective buyers to show how realistic the copies could be. These reproductions were printed on “tan parchment-like paper”. Then the give-away copies were printed on plain paper.

In the past few years, some people have called this an owl – but I agree with you and the others on the web site, to describe it as an American eagle. Xerox called it an owl, but whether the ad person from New York knew the difference, who knows?
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A copy of the ad can be seen here: http://www.vintagepaperads.com/1964-Xerox-914-Copier-Ad–Which-is-the-Picasso_p_58488.html




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