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Professional Packrat - Researching a serigraph
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This print by Charley Harper is valued between $200 and $2,000, according to Standard reporter Jennifer Woods.

Today’s item to try to gauge the value is a framed numbered serigraph. 

A serigraph is a printed design produced by means of a silkscreen. It’s a rendition of an original artwork created by the silk-screen printing process. 

The creation of a serigraph is a very labor-intensive, hands-on artistic procedure. Before the printing process is started, the artist who created the original image is consulted. How can you tell a serigraph from a lithograph? A lithograph is a print made with ink and oil. A serigraph is a print made with stencil, fabric and ink.

The name of the artwork was determined by searching for the same image using Google and the artist’s name. According to that information, the title was easy to find and this signed series was made in 1970. 

The image is depicting an owl with a moth in its mouth. It measures 6 inches x 15 inches. It is numbered 491/500 on the bottom left and signed in pencil C. Harper on the bottom right. The artwork is by Charley Harper and called “Howlloween (Burrowing Owl).”

Charley Harper is an American modernist and wildlife artist. His unique use of geometric patterns, simple shapes and basic lines capture the colorful spirit of the outdoors. His impressive body of work spans decades. 

Born in Cincinnati in 1922, Harper studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. During his time at the academy, he met artist Edie McKee and the two married after graduation. After teaching at the academy he worked for a commercial firm. Harper then set out to make it on his own. His iconic style that he dubbed “minimal realism” is treasured today. You can learn more at: https://www.charleyharperartstudio.com/.

Charley Harper signed serigraph prices can range from $200 to almost $2,000. Several things account for pricing and worth. Condition, subject matter, number in an edition and what is “hot” in the market at the time. This framed gem was found in a thrift store for under $30 and would easily fetch around $400 now.

Standard reporter Jennifer Woods is not a licensed appraiser, but she enjoys determining the value of items, including glassware, furniture, artwork and more. If you’d like to know the value of an item you own, email her at jwoods@wearemidtn.com.