PAI’s Rare Poster Auction # 84, July 20, features works by Mucha, Cappiello, Broders, …
NEW YORK, NY –– Poster Auctions International’s 84th Rare Poster Auction, Tuesday, July 20, features masterpieces and rarities from a century of poster design. The collection includes Art Nouveau, Art Deco, modern and contemporary works suitable for a variety of interests and styles.
The 500 lots will be presented to the public from July 5 to 19. The auction will take place live in PAI’s gallery at 26 West 17th Street in New York City, as well as online at posterauctions.com, starting at 11 a.m. EST.
Jack Rennert, President of Poster Auctions International, Inc., said: “This auction features some of our finest collections from the masters of poster art: Broders, Cappiello, Cassandre, Loupot, Mucha, Schnackenberg and Toulouse-Lautrec. These include beloved posters as well as extremely rare prints and original works.
Leonetto Cappiello is widely regarded as the father of modern advertising for his innovative approach of using unusual images to create brand memorization. This sale presents 26 of his rarest and most emblematic works: the 1902 Mixed (est. $ 5,000 – $ 6,000), 1905 Snow Flower / Pernot Cookies (est. $ 7,000- $ 9,000), circa 1907 Cognac Gautier Frères (est. $ 7,000- $ 9,000), 1921 Cafe Martin (est. $ 14,000 – $ 17,000), and an extremely rare two-leaf print from the famous 1903 Klaus chocolate (estimated at $ 17,000 to $ 20,000). Two spectacular models for an aperitif and a wine will also be offered (est. $ 10,000- $ 12,000 and $ 12,000- $ 15,000).
During the Belle Époque, Alphonse Mucha capitalizes on the beauty of lithography, and 19 of his most sumptuous works will be up for auction, including the large format 1896 Seasons (est. $ 50,000- $ 60,000), 1902 Perfecta cycles (est. $ 25,000- $ 30,000), 1896 Job (est. $ 20,000 – $ 25,000), the 1902 large format The stars (est. $ 60,000- $ 70,000) and the 1899 set Feather and Primrose (estimated between $ 20,000 and $ 25,000).
Contemporary of Mucha, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec depicts another type of drunkenness: the seedy stomach, debauchery and seduction of Parisian nightlife. This auction features the most comprehensive collection of his works, since his very first (and most iconic) poster, the 1891 Moulin Rouge / La Goulue (est. $ 230,000 – $ 260,000), until the last poster he created, the 1901 At the Student Ball (estimated $ 6,000 to $ 8,000). Other important works include his 1892 Queen of joy (est. $ 60,000- $ 70,000); a limited edition print from 1892, La Goulue and her Sister (est. $ 60,000- $ 70,000); the 1894 Confetti (estimated between $ 40,000 and $ 50,000); rare variants of 1895 Mai Milton (estimated between $ 70,000 and $ 90,000) and May Belfort (est. $ 80,000- $ 100,000), hand signed and with remark; the 1893 Aristide Bruant In His Cabaret (estimated between $ 40,000 and $ 50,000); the 1896 Woman in bath, of his They suite (est. $ 40,000- $ 50,000); the 1893 Caudious (estimated between $ 40,000 and $ 50,000); and the 1899 Jane april (estimated between $ 70,000 and $ 90,000).
During the Art Deco era, Roger Broders championed French travel posters, which often feature stylish vacationers in idyllic settings. Eight of his most magnificent creations will be auctioned, including that of around 1930 Monte Carlo (est. $ 10,000- $ 12,000), 1930 Antibes (est. $ 8,000- $ 10,000), and the 1929 Dunkirk (estimated at $ 17,000 to $ 20,000).
- Mr. Cassandre was another master of the time, using striking geometric shapes and powerful perspectives to convey power and awe. Fourteen of his works will be available, including the 1927 Nord-Express (est. $ 20,000 – $ 25,000), 1927 North Star (est. $ 17,000 – $ 20,000), 1929 Silver Arrow / Aéropostale (est. $ 17,000 – $ 20,000), and the 1931 Atlantic (estimated at $ 35,000 to $ 40,000).
By Charles Loupot, two spectacular works will go up for auction: the exceptionally rare 1938 Saint-Raphael (est. $ 40,000 to $ 50,000) and a hand-signed 1929 mockup for Valentine (estimated at $ 12,000 to $ 15,000).
For fans of Weimar-era design, five works by Walter Schnackenberg will be available, including his two famous creations for performances by Peter Pathé / Maria Hagen (estimated at $ 12,000 to $ 15,000 and $ 25,000 to $ 30,000), plus two original designs for costumes and set design (each estimated at $ 10,000 to $ 12,000).
The auction will also include thematic sections, starting with 36 bicycle models, which date from 1894 to 1959. Highlights include Ferdinand Lunel’s Celestial circa 1894 Rouxel & Dubois, The charming 1894 by Jean-Louis Forain Second Cycle Fair, and the mighty Arthur Spooner Humber / Ease & Speed (all estimated between $ 4000 and $ 5000).
Then, 38 aeronautical posters will be proposed. This collection ranges from early aerial encounters to modern commercial flights, with notable designs such as the 1910 by Charles Léonce Brossé Aviation Meeting / Nice (est. $ 12,000- $ 15,000), 1912 by Ludwig Hohlwein Flugmaschinen-Werke (est. $ 6,000 – $ 8,000), rare by Boris Artzybasheff circa 1947 Pan Am / Bermuda (est. $ 6,000 – $ 7,000) and David Klein circa 1958 TWA / Hollywood (estimated between $ 3,000 and $ 4,000).
For those who prefer automobile transport, 20 models will be available. Notable works include Julius Klinger, 1909 Ausstellung Moderner Verkehrsmittel (est. $ 3,500 – $ 4,000), René Vincent around 1925 The neighbour (est. $ 2,500 – $ 3,000), 1925 by Leonetto Cappiello Peugeot (est. $ 3,000 – $ 4,000) and 1930 by Giacinto Mondaini Car show (estimated $ 7,000 to $ 9,000).
The War and Propaganda section will feature a century of powerful designs, starting with an anonymous design from 1861, Spirit of the North, created at the start of the Civil War (est. $ 2,000 – $ 2,500). Several American posters of the First World War will be proposed, including that of Louis Fancher 1917 Official American War Photos (estimated between $ 3,000 and $ 4,000). From WWII, a very rare American design will go up for auction: the anonymous 1942 Buy War Bonds / Dear God, Keep Them Safe! (estimated $ 7,000 to $ 9,000).
In the Circus & Far West section, three works will be of particular interest to collectors: a rare display panel by Pal around 1898, Lord John Sanger / Herd of Elephants (estimated $ 7,000 to $ 9,000); and two original models for Buffalo Bill from 1912, Buffalo Bill’s / Pawnee Bill’s / Cowgirl and Buffalo Bill’s / Pawnee Bill’s / Indian Maiden (each estimated $ 4,000 to $ 5,000). Both centered on a singular woman, they are powerful and special works for the collector of the Wild West.
For rock poster collectors, 16 brand new specimens for the Bill Graham and Family Dog exhibits will be available, including Mouse & Kelley’s 1966 Grateful dead (est. $ 2,000 – $ 2,500), 1970 by Randy Tuten Jefferson Airplane / Quicksilver Messenger Service / Santana (“Winterland”) (est. $ 4000- $ 5000) and 1967 by Tom Wilke Monterey Pop Festival (estimated $ 3,500 to $ 4,000).
Public screenings will take place every day from July 5 to 19. For more information and to order the catalog, visit www.posterauctions.com. You can call the gallery at (212) 787-4000. For general inquiries, the email address is [email protected]