Most of this information can be verified by looking in the book, Nagel: The Art of Patrick Nagel on page 155.
- Print title: Papillon
- Print relase: June 1982
- Print type: lifetime-released, limited edition serigraph (aka "silkscreen") poster
- Printed by Jeff Wasserman of Wasserman Silkscreen
- Print size: 25" x 17" with six colors
- Edition Size:
- 1000 signed in screen (aka "s-i-s") which means the signature is part of the screen printing process. This is "unsigned" by art standards.
- 250 hand signed and numbered by Patrick Nagel in pencil
- 20 Artist's Proofs (marked "a/p")
- 25 state edition prints, marked "State 1" in pencil by Patrick Nagel, along with his signature, with an hand painted star on the cheek and one of the ribbons on the mask is a metallic silver ink instead of yellow in all other versions
- Double images, numbers unknow, but released in both signed and signed in screen versions, per Mirage's price lists, even though the book does not list these.
I also have one of these in the "state 1" version and I love it.
For Papillon, like Just Looking
, and Mirage
, Patrick Nagel and Karl decided to release the prints in what would now be commonly known as a "variant" version. While most serigraphs released in these days have a variant that just introduces different colors, for Nagel's work, the variant versions either added or removed elements from the image. Just Looking
's SP version omits the small text under the image, and was marked with an "SP" in pencil, by Nagel, and a number adjacent to the SP. The print known as Mirage
omitted the title running veritcally in the upper right corner. For Papillon
, they did something quite special, in that they added
and hand painted star on the model's cheek and changed one set of ribbons from yellow to metallic silver.
I am not sure why they decided to call these a "State Edition" and it may have been something done in collaboration with Papillon Gallery to offer a unique subset of prints for Nagel collectors. For the art work, each iteration of a print is often called a "state". So for this print, there is hand signed and numbered state, the signed in screen state, the "State 1" state, the Aritist's Proofs state, and the double image, which came both in a signed in screen (a.k.a. "unsigned") state, and hand signed state.
Don't confuse the "State Edition" of this piece with the "Estate Editions," which was a series of three large serigraphs released by the Estate of Patrick Nagel, his wife, Jennifer Dumas long after Pat died.
My wife just came home with this under her arm. It appears to be number one of twenty five "state edition" prints. I was wondering if anyone could give us an idea of it's value?
Funny thing is that we kind of wanted one of these prints for the house and my wife finds it on the curb.