French artist E.A. Seguy's work was very influential throughout the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. He found inspiration in nature, and his fascination with butterflies culminated in his 1920s porfolio, Papillons. For his butterflies, Seguy created exacting replications in vivid colors using the pochoir stenciling method, in which each plate was hand-colored using as many as twenty stencils.
Nawal Motawi, founder and principal designer at Motawi Tileworks, saw these illustrations and was enchanted. She thought that the bold color and density of design would translate beautifully into tile. She was right.
The Swallowtail butterfly is the second in the line of butterflies that includes the Alexandra, the Callicore, and the Monarch. All three can be shown together.
Actual tile size: 3-13/16" x 7-13/16"
Our tile frames are made by Dard Hunter Studios, founded by early Roycrofter Dard Hunter and run by his grandson, Dard Hunter III.
The 3-inch oak Legacy beveled frame is available in Craftsman Oak finish only and is 9-1/2" x 13-1/2".
The 2-inch Oak Park flat frame is also made of oak and comes in Craftsman Oak or Ebony finish. Its finished size is 7-1/2" x 11/12".
Note: Legacy frames are available with dividers for framing multiple pieces. Oak Park frames are available with multiple openings by special order.
Motawi polychrome tiles are striking individual art pieces as much as functional tile installation accents. We’re told that our tiles will give you serious cred in gift-giving circles. And each one is made by hand and with heart in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
We embrace variation and handmade beauty. The bold heft of each Motawi tile reveals serious craftsmanship. And our time-honored hand-glazing methods produce a nuanced range of color with depth and translucence.
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Ann Arbor MI, 48103
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