Catalog No. 0000.00.0
"Wise Guy" abstract owl on a money-tree branch, box bag
0 L x 0 H x 0 D in.
Prob. 1967 (see Copyright info. under "Design")
Multi-color screen print of an abstract owl on natural-wood box purse. Owl has faux-jewel eyes and is perched on the branch of a "money tree," one of Collins's most famous and popular themes. Owl is printed in a gradation of jade to vivid turquoise and branch is bright green, with emerald faux-gem leaves and glittering faux-gold coins. Eyes are orange gems surrounded by white pearls, with gold filigree surrounding. Face also features Aquamarine and Topaz jewels. Background highlighted with screen printed aqua and green stars to suggest night. "wise guy" printed in hand-style script in lower left corner of front. One of several variations on this theme.
Title of Piece
wise guy (sic)
Enid Collins (American, 1926-1989), for Collins of Texas
Associated Product Codes
Turquoise, jade green, kelly green, gold (metal), orange, white
Aquamarine, Emerald, Topaz, Orange, Gold
Owls, birds, wildlife, nature, wisdom, money, prosperity, humor
Signature and/or Mark
"ec" and copyright symbol screen printed on lower right front
Possibly: reg. no. GP56827; 12/01/1967; "Owl on branch"; HH
Acrylic serigraph on heavily lacquered solid wood (probably mahogany); glass jewels manufactured for Collins of Texas in the Czech Republic; acrylic embellishments; hand-wrought solid brass clasps and ornaments; rigid vinyl handle; satin lining; mirror
Serigraph (screen) print; machine-made box with hand-applied stain and lacquer; hand-wrought solid brass; some hand assembly (hand application of jewels)
Place of Manufacture
Places of Sale
Typical wear from use; serigraph in very good condition, as are clasps, hinges and handles; original jewels intact and in place
One of several variations Collins designed over the years.