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