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Sabra Richards Serigraph of Orchid
I found this nice little signed/numbered serigraph of an orchid at an Salvation Army store for $1. The artist’s name is Sabra Richards.  I normally limit myself to originals, but thiis was interesting. It has a piece of paper sewn to the paper and is printed over. This is number 13 of 85. I also like orchids. The picture came nicely matted and framed. The picture is about 4″ x 6″.

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 Sight: 9  1/2″ x 7 1/2″‘ with an estimate of $800, but it was marked as *WITHDRAWN*.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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