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Deco delights: Vintage posters, just because

By on 3 December 2013 in Style

Deco delights: Vintage posters, just because
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Our immersion into all things Art Deco this week continues with a sumptuous slice of graphic design, courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries in New York

The 1920s and 1930s were the golden age of travel before the dawn of the jet age, with Alpine winter sports, long-distance steam trains, transatlantic liners such as L’Atlantique and Normandie, and grand European expositions providing the wealthy with a host of exotic pastimes and means of getting there.

Telling them all about it was an increasingly sophisticated advertising industry, making good use of the Art Deco graphic style: the slopes of Chamonix or vertiginous sides of ocean liners lending ripe opportunity for the style’s bold, geometric block colours and parallel streamlining.

One of the world’s finest exponents of Art Deco advertising posters is New York’s Swann Auction Galleries, whose October 18th sale and forthcoming Dec 18th sale featured and features some humdingers. All aboard, ladies and gentlemen, all aboard…

All images courtesy Swann Auction Galleries, swanngalleries.com

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RARE & IMPORTANT TRAVEL POSTERS, 18th OCT ’13

Lot 126
Adolphe Mouron Cassandre (1901-1968) "L'Atlantique." 1931, $23,750

Adolphe Mouron Cassandre (1901-1968) “L’Atlantique.” 1931, $23,750

Lot 123
H. Chauffard (Dates Unknown) “Vichy”. Circa 1935, $2,125

H. Chauffard (Dates Unknown) “Vichy”. Circa 1935, $2,125

Lot 107
Munetsugu Satomi (1900-1995) “Cote d'Azur”. 1934 (A powerful, Machine Age image of a train rushing towards a bright yellow Riviera – one of the very few posters for the Côte d'Azur that does not depict any of the azure sea), $1,500

Munetsugu Satomi (1900-1995) “Cote d’Azur”. 1934 (A powerful, Machine Age image of a train rushing towards a bright yellow Riviera – one of the very few posters for the Côte d’Azur that does not depict any of the azure sea), $1,500

Lot 95
 Roger Broders (1883-1953) “Les Sports d'Hiver / A St Pierre De Chartreuse”. 1930, $18,750

Roger Broders (1883-1953) “Les Sports d’Hiver / A St Pierre De Chartreuse”. 1930, $18,750

Lot 11
N. Cramer Roberts (Dates Unknown) “Dungeness / By The Romney, Hythe And Dymchurch Railway”. 1928 (Designed for the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (RHDR) founded in Kent in 1927 as a mainline railway – 'the World's Smallest Public Railway'). $1,063

N. Cramer Roberts (Dates Unknown) “Dungeness / By The Romney, Hythe And Dymchurch Railway”. 1928 (Designed for the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (RHDR) founded in Kent in 1927 as a mainline railway – ‘the World’s Smallest Public Railway’). $1,063

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THE JULIUS PAUL COLLECTION OF POSTERS, DEC 18th ‘13

A choice group of posters from the remarkably preserved collection of renowned Viennese collector and cigarette paper magnate Julius Paul. It was Paul’s nephew, the inheritor of the collection, who fled the Nazis in 1939, saving the works.

Paul’s intention from the outset was for the collection to be appreciated but not used commercially: a collector’s collection. This is evident in the remarkable condition of the posters–some are as bright and clean as the day they were printed.

Eric Rohman, “Allt Man Kan / Onska Sig”, 1919. Estimate $1,000 to $1,500

Eric Rohman, “Allt Man Kan / Onska Sig”, 1919. Estimate $1,000 to $1,500

Jupp Wiertz, “In Die Neue Saison . . . / Damenkonfektion / Gerngross”, circa 1926. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000

Jupp Wiertz, “In Die Neue Saison . . . / Damenkonfektion / Gerngross”, circa 1926. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000

Walter Essenther, “Cabaret Bonbonniere”, 1919. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.

Walter Essenther, “Cabaret Bonbonniere”, 1919. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.

Hermann Kosel, “Internationale Automobil - und Motorrad Ausstellung”, 1931. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000

Hermann Kosel, “Internationale Automobil – und Motorrad Ausstellung”, 1931. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000

Ego, “Doxa”, 1928. Estimate $1,200 to $1,800.

Ego, “Doxa”, 1928. Estimate $1,200 to $1,800.

Joseph Binder, “Musik und Theaterfest / Der Stadt Wien”, 1924. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500

Joseph Binder, “Musik und Theaterfest / Der Stadt Wien”, 1924. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500

Jo Pieper, “Gruga Essen”, 1929. Estimate $1,200 to $1,800

Jo Pieper, “Gruga Essen”, 1929. Estimate $1,200 to $1,800

Mihaly Biro, “A Dama”, 1911. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000

Mihaly Biro, “A Dama”, 1911. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000

Willy Stieborsky, “Blumenkorso Sommernachts Redoute”, 1928. Estimate $1,200 to $1,800

Willy Stieborsky, “Blumenkorso Sommernachts Redoute”, 1928. Estimate $1,200 to $1,800

 

 

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