NEW YORK, NY.-
The winter offering of Vintage Posters at Swann Galleries
comes across the block on Thursday, February 18. The sale features a selection of scarce designs from various prolific movements in the genre, and exceptional works from top designers.
The sale is led by Orazi Manuels La Maison Moderne, 1900, designed for the prestigious Parisian art and home décor store dedicated to Art Nouveau. The affiche, from the height of the belle époque, is expected to bring $40,000 to $60,000. Additional highlights of the era include a run of works by Alphonse Mucha, notably a trio of posters dedicated to actresses of the time: Tragique Histoire dHamlet / Sarah Bernhardt, 1899 ($15,000-20,000), Medee / Sarah Bernhardt, 1898 ($12,000-18,000), and Leslie Carter, 1908 ($12,000-18,000). Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is present with poster portraits Aristide Bruant Dans Son Cabaret, 1983 ($15,000-20,000), and La Revie Blanche, 1895, featuring Misia Natanson ($10,000-15,000).
From the selection of advertisements featuring modes of transportation comes a series of rare posters: H.A. Volodimers 1923 image for the first three-day endurance car race, Grand Prix dEndurance de 24 Heurs / Coupe Rudge Whitworth ($12,000-18,000); Exposition Internle du Nord de la France,1911, a monumental poster at 120x180 ¼ inches, showcasing the expansive fairgrounds in Roubaix, illuminated by a Farman biplane overhead ($8,000-12,000); and Francisco Tamagnos Terrot & Cie. Dijon / Bicyclettes de Tourisme, circa 1900 ($3,000-4,000).
Food and beverage posters are on offer with Aldo Mazzas Vini dItalia / Plo. Dondena & Figlio, circa 1920s ($7,000-10,000); Leonetto Cappiellos Chocolat Klaus, 1903 ($4,000-6,000), and The Golden Goose, circa 1930 ($3,000-4,000); Adolphe Mouron Cassandres Dubonnet, circa 1956 ($3,000-4,000); and DAprès Dransys Nicolas / Fines Bouteilles, 1930 ($3,000-4,000). Also available is a run of iconic Guinness beer advertisements, including several by John Guilroy.
Emil Cardinaux leads the seasonal offering of ski and winter posters with Palace Hotel / St. Moritz, 1920, one of two designed by the artist for the famous resort/hotel ($10,000-15,000). Further designs by Cardinaux feature Zermatt / Matterhorn Schweiz, 1908 ($7,000-10,000), and Bally Chaussures, 1927 ($1,500-2,000). On the block is Augustus Mosers Sun Valley Idaho / Union Pacific circa-1936 railway poster for the skiing destination ($6,000-9,000); Sascha Maurers Ski at Lake Placid, 1938 ($2,500-3,500); and Charles (Alo) Hallos A Chamonix Mont Blanc, 1927 ($2,500-4,500).
Additional travel posters feature works by Oscar Rabe Hanson advertising the North Shore Line: Polo / By the North Shore Line, 1923 ($7,000-10,000), and The Hunt Along the North Shore Line, 1926 ($5,000-7,500); as well as Willy G. Sessers Illinois Centennial, 1918 ($3,000-4,000); and Roger Broderss Florence, 1921 ($2,000-3,000).
A selection of theater, entertainment and film posters, as well as art and exhibition advertisements, conclude the sale.