Vintage and Modern Poster Sale

Bloomsbury’s inaugural Vintage and Modern Poster sale on 13th December 2007 will be eclectic and encompass all genres and styles. The Art nouveau and Art Deco movements will be the mainstay with Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha, Cheret, Kurzweil as well as Cassandre, Carlu, Bernard and Colin being represented.

The sale contains approximately 250 lots and has a strong Film section with such classics as The Godfather, Blow Up, an Italian version of Breakfast at Tiffanys, Manhattan and My Fair Lady, the spoof film Casino Royale with Peter Sellers and The Party. For the early film boffin there will some vintage silent movies.

The American artist Penfield with several of his contemporaries, Parrish. Rhead and Bradley have examples of posters they created for Harpers, The Century magazines and Lippincotts. Also representing the American school is the Work incentive posters from the 1920s. These were created in Chicago during the 1920s and distributed to the blue collar factories to help motivate the illiterate immigrant workers. The art work is fabulous and they have tongue in cheek slogans as “No room for Gloom” “I don’t care” and “Strut your Stuff”.

In Europe, the birth place of the Poster, a complete cross section is showcased. The 1903 Wiener Werkstatte poster done by the Austrian Secessionist artist Kurzweil shows with huge impact the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1900s. This poster bearing an estimate of $40-50,000, in its two sheet size is extremely rare, especially in its near mint condition. Other rare and exceptional pieces will be the iconic Jane Avril ($40-60,000) La revue Blanche ($30-40,000), The Jockey ($20-30,000) all by Toulouse-Lautrec. L’Etoile du Nord ($30-35,000) by the legendary Art Deco master Cassandre as well as Geo Ham’s 1935 Monaco Grand Prix ($12-15,000). Dawn and Dusk ($20/30,000) or Job ($15/18,000) by Alphonse Mucha is perhaps the most recognisable of the Art nouveau movement.

Posters were originally exclusively used to advertised theatre and commodities! Musee Grevin, Olympia, by Cheret, the famous cabaret singer/dancer Mistinguett is represented by four famous posters done by Zig and Gesmar ($4-9,000). Also featured is Cinzano, Pshitt, Maurin Quina, Champagne, LU biscuits, Paint, Absinthe, Tea, Cars and all commodities that have touched our lives.

With the explosion of the use of advertising posters in the 1890s onwards, the travel companies also exploited its possibilities. Railroad and Aviation companies created many travel posters from the early 1900s to the present day. The examples on sale include numerous destinations and spa towns, but also sports such as Tennis, Golf, Polo, Skiing, Cycling, Ice-skating and Swimming.

Communist Russia of the 1920s had a Utopian school of artists called the Constructivist Movement. Rodchenko, Dlugach, Kulagina, the Stenberg Brothers were important members of this movement and have works in this sale that are very illustrative of this important period.

The sale will be held in our sale room at 6 West 48 Street, New York.

Viewing Times:

Thursday 6th December 10.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 7th December 10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 8th December 10.00am – 5.00pm
Monday 10th December 10.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 11th December 10.00am – 7.00pm
Wednesday 12th December 10.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday 13th December 10.00am – 1.00pm

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