NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries
sale of Vintage Posters on Thursday, February 13 was the houses most successful February poster offering in over 10 years.
A collection of over 350 Puerto Rican posters, showcasing the best of the islands graphic artists and designers, led the sale at $37,500. Amassed by a studio assistant of Rafael Trufiño, Lorenzo Homar and José Rosa, the archive was one of the most items in the sale, representing almost half a centurys worth of graphic design from Puerto Rico and garnering more interest than any other item in the sale, noted Nicholas D. Lowry, the houses president and director of vintage posters.
Nine Mucha designs earned spots in the top 20 lots. Highlights included The Flowers, a group of three decorative panels, 1898, which earned $18,200; Cycles Perfecta, 1897, saw $13,750; and Lance Parfum Rodo, 1896, brought a record for the poster at $10,000. Arnost Hofbauer proved successful with all three of the artists posters on offer achieving records: Hana Kvapilova Recitace, 1899, set the record for the artist at $8,125, while II. Vystava Spolki Manes / Topicuv Salon, 1898, and Topicuv Salon, 1898, set records for the posters at $6,750 and $5,750, respectively. Also of note was Georges de Feures Le Journal des Ventes, 1898the image with rare text brought $11,250.
Further records featured Pan-American Exposition / Niagara, 1901, by Evelyn Rumsey Cary, and Chicago / New York Central Lines, 1929, by Leslie Raganboth won by institutions. Carys American Art Nouveau image, based on the artists painting Spirit of Niagara, set a record for Cary at $11,250; while Ragans first poster for the New York Central Lines earned a record for the image at $8,125.
Additional highlights included Dwight Clark Sheplers advertisement for skiing in Sun Valley ($10,625); Walter L. Greens New York Central Line image for travel to Storm King ($7,250); and Aryeh El-Hananis The Palestine Exhibition Vienna / XIV Zionist Congress, 1925 ($6,250).
The next auction from the Vintage Posters department at Swann will be Graphic Design on May 7.