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Lodi consignment store hosts unusual butterfly art

Large piece made of thousands of bright blue butterfly wings

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Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:00 am

Watch a butterfly flutter from flower to flower in a sunny garden, and you might catch a glimpse of sunlight shimmering on its wings.

That delicate glimmer has been captured in a rare piece of art currently featured at New and Again Consignment Furniture Gallery on School Street in Downtown Lodi.

One consignor of the gallery, who wishes to remain unnamed, brought the large, complex piece into the store in early March. It’s made of hundres of Brazilian Blue Morpho butterfly wings arranged to surround the shape of an owl in the center.

Allan Levy, gallery owner, was stunned when the piece came in.

“There are very few pieces of art this complex and this size, using this medium, and done so well in the world today,” he said.

After some research, Levy found a larger version of this type of work was sold at an auction in London for more than $1.2 million a few years ago. He estimated the value of this piece at about $100,000.

The owner of the piece residing now in Downtown Lodi had it for several years, but no longer has the room to house such a large and delicate work of art. Unfortunately, shipping the item to larger auction houses is not feasible, since the fragile wings inside the frame might suffer damage.

Co-owner and manager Hayley Jackson invites the public to come in and see the piece while it’s still in the store.

“We may not find a new home for the piece, but it gives our customers and friends a chance to see a truly magnificent and unusual piece of art they might never get to see anywhere else,” she said.

Contact Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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