NEW YORK, NY.-
Interest in ski posters was mountain-high at Swann Galleries
February 12 auction of Vintage Posters, resulting in several new auction records. Also sought after were Art Nouveau images by Alphonse Mucha and other artists of that era.
Nicholas D. Lowry, Swann President and Posters Specialist, said, The auction room was as crowded as we have seen it in recent years, and the results of this sale were robust, with several major (pleasant) surprises as posters soared above their high estimates. More than one participant observed that the poster market is alive and well at Swann and we humbly agreeespecially in light of the numerous auction records that we set during the sale.
The top three lots in the auction brought $30,000* each: Alex Diggelmanns Gstaad, 1934, which had been estimated at $2,000 to $3,000; Alphonse Muchas The Flowers, a set of four decorative panels, 1898 and Leopoldo Metlicovitzs Mostra del Ciclo e DellAutomobile / Milano, a poster for Milan's 1907 automobile and cycle show. The Diggelmann and Metlicovitz were auction records.
Also selling for record-setting prices were Martin Peikerts Champéry / Chemin de fer Aigle, 1955, $11,875 and Orsis VIIIe Olympiade / Jeux Olympiques / Paris, 1924, $10,625; while Jack Rivoltas Up Where Winter Calls to Play / Olympic Bobsled Run / Lake Placid, circa 1938 and Ted Hunters Dartmouth Winter Carnival, 1937 set new benchmarks for any work by the artists at $7,500 and $6,000 respectively.
Additional ski highlights were Erich Hermess LHiver en Suisse, 1930 and Franz Lenharts Dolomiti / Cortina, circa 1930, $8,125 each, as well as Herbert Bayers Ski in Aspen Colorado, 1946, $7,250.
Art Nouveau beauties of note included the iconic Cycles Gladiator by an unknown artist, circa 1895, $17,500; a pair of volumes of the publication The Maîtres de l'Affiche [Masters of the Poster], 1896 and 1897, $10,000; Private Livemonts luminous Absinthe Robette, 1896, $7,280 and Jean Misceslas Peské, poster for the magazine LEstampe et LAffiche, 1898, $6,250.
Rounding out the top lots Worlds Fair posters such as Nembhard N. Culins Art Deco design for In 1939 / The New York Worlds Fair, 1937, $6,000 and John Wenrichs New York Worlds Fair 1939, 1936, $5,500; artist exhibition posters, led by Cy Twomblys Nine Discourses On Commodus at the Leo Castelli gallery, 1964, signed by Twombly in pencil, $4,420; Edouard Elzingres dynamic Automobiles Martini, circa 1910, $5,980; and Franz Würbels Olympic Games, the official poster of the 1936 Olympic Games, $5,250.
For complete results, an illustrated auction catalogue, with prices realized, on request, is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.
For further information, and to consign items to spring and summer poster auctions, please contact Nicholas D. Lowry at (212) 254-4710, extension 53, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
*All prices include buyers premium.