Poster Auctions International will host Rare Poster Auction #86 on March 20, live and online

Charles Loupot, St. Raphaël / Quinquina, 1938 (estimate: $35,000 – $45,000).
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NEW YORK, NY –– Poster Auctions International’s 86th Rare Poster Auction on Sunday, March 20 features rare and iconic images from a century of poster design. The collection includes Art Nouveau, Art Deco, modern and contemporary works covering a variety of subjects and styles.

The 425 lots will be exhibited to the public from February 25 to March 19. The auction will be held live at PAI’s gallery at 26 West 17th Street in New York City, as well as online at posterauctions.com, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT.

Jack Rennert, President of Poster Auctions International, Inc., said, “This auction not only features the best works from our most beloved artists, but also includes rarely seen images, models, drawings and books. From Belle Époque designs by Alphonse Mucha and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to Jazz Age fashions by Paul Colin and Charles Loupot, there is truly something special for every collector at this sale.

The auction will start with 29 bike models. Highlights include ca by Achille Butteri. 1898 Perfect cycles (est. $7,000 to $9,000), The boyfriend ca. 1899 Phoebus (est. $3,000 to $4,000), H. Gray’s ca. 1900 “Brilliant” Cycles (est. $2,500 to $3,000), 1934 by Marcello Dudovitch Cicli Dei (est. $6,000 to $7,000), and a rare anonymous design of ca. 1920 promoting Harry D. Elkes and Major Taylor for Iver JohnsonRunner (est. $2,000 to $2,500).

Paul Colin, Bal Nègre, 1927 (estimate: $70,000 – $90,000).
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Next, automotive and aviation posters will be offered. The car designs range from the start Rigal oil by Noël Dorville (est. $3,000-$4,000) to two powerful promotions for the Monaco Grand Prix from 1930 and 1932 by Robert Falcucci (est. $25,000-$30,000 and $20,000-$25,000). Aviation enthusiasts will be delighted by the 15 lots available, including the classic 1910 by Charles Léonce Brossé Aviation Meeting / Nice (est. $10,000 to $12,000), Harold McCready’s 1929 Imperial Airways (est. $4,000-$5,000), WEC Book’s rare 1935 Royal Air Force/Hendon (est. $4,000-$5,000) and contemporary designs for TWA, Piedmont, and more.

22 War & Propaganda posters will be on offer, including Howard Chandler Christy’s 1917 I want you for the navy (est. $1,200 to $1,500), the ca. 1917 Some supporters / The Empire State (est. $1,400-$1,700), Julius Ussy Engelhard’s 1918 Anarchy (est. $2,500-$3,000), a variety of international WWII designs and a selection of images from Israel.

Then, 24 American literary posters will be auctioned. These early designs for Lippincott’s, Harper’s, The Century, and Scribner’s helped establish the aesthetic of the American poster. Posters by Will Carqueville, Joseph J. Gould, Jr., Edward Penfield, William H. Bradley, George Wharton Edwards, and Howard Chandler Christy are estimated between $1,000 and $2,500.

This auction presents several collections of remarkable artists. By Leonetto Cappiello, the “father of modern advertising”, 20 lithographs and models will be auctioned. Important works include his 1903 Absinthe Gempp Pernod (est. $6,000 to $7,000), the 1906 Zest (est. $8,000-$10,000), a 1912 model for Ramos Pinto / Vinho do Porto (est. $12,000-$15,000), the rare 1912 Pineral (est. $8,000-$10,000), the spectacular 1921 Cordial Campari (est. $17,000 to $20,000), the 1922 model for “VOV” (est. $14,000-$17,000), and his merry 1927 Pleasant (est. $7,000 to $9,000).

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, The Jockey, 1899 (estimate: $50,000-$60,000).
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Jazz Age Paris champion poster artist Paul Colin will have some of his most important works up for auction. These include his iconic – and incredibly rare – 1927 Black Ball (est. $70,000 to $90,000), 1947 Catherine Dunham (est. $4,000 to $5,000), 1930 sound Ethnography Museum (est. $7,000 to $9,000) and a unique ca. 1970s menu design, Tabarin (est. $4,000 to $5,000).

Virtuoso colleague of the Art Deco era, AM Cassandre will offer 8 of his most powerful creations, including that of 1927 north express (est. $20,000 to $25,000), 1928 Statendam (est. $10,000 to $12,000), the 1935 Normandy (est. $10,000 to $12,000), 1928 The Continent via Harwich (est. $17,000-$20,000), and his 1929 The Blue Route (est. $20,000 to $25,000).

Key works by Charles Loupot will also be auctioned, including two for Saint-Raphaël: his very first poster for the brand of bitters, Saint-Raphael, of 1937 (estimated between $25,000 and $30,000) and his second design of 1938, Saint-Raphael / Quinquina– the only known copy of this 8-sheet large format drawing (estimated between $35,000 and $45,000). An original model from 1923, Cecil Shoes, will also be offered (est. $8,000 to $10,000).

Other Art Deco highlights include: Francis Bernard’s Nicholas (est. $3,000 to $4,000), Karl Bickel’s 1928 PKZ / So Kleidet (est. $4,000 to $5,000), 1927 by Roger Broders The Tour of Mont Blanc (est. $4,000-$5,000) and its 1927 Grasse (est. $3,500-$4,500), 1983 by Boris Bućan “Firebird” and “Petrushka” (est. $10,000-$15,000), Jean-Gabriel Domergue’s 1937 Winter in Monte-Carlo (est. $8,000-$10,000), Jean Dupas’ 1937 Bordeaux (est. $5,000 to $6,000), Josef Fenneker’s 1921 Marmorhaus / Der Teufel und die Circe (est. $3,500 to $4,000), Erich Heckel’s 1920 Kaiser Wilhelm Museum Crefeld / I Ausstellung (est. $7,000 to $9,000) and E. McKnight Kauffer’s 1924 Eno fruit salt (est. $10,000-$12,000) – one of only two known copies in the larger four-sheet format.

From the innovative master of lithography, Jules Chéret, 16 choice lithographs and paintings will be on offer, including his 1890 Theatrophone (est. $2,500 to $3,000), Arts of 1891 (est. $20,000-$25,000), his 1893 Folies-Bergère / La Loïe Fuller (est. $4,000 to $5,000) and three original paintings with estimates ranging from $8,000 to $20,000.

From Ludwig Hohlwein, 6 rare and important drawings will be available. These include his 1907 Hermann Scherrer / Manufacturer of panties (est. $8,000-$10,000), 1908 Café Odéon and Billiard Academy (est. $10,000-$12,000), and a rare 1912 poster for the Zoologischer Garten München, with a vibrant flamingo (estimate $8,000 to $10,000).

Collectors of works by Alphonse Mucha will be delighted with the 37 offerings, which include revered posters, original artwork and rare books. Among the posters available are large and small versions of his 1896 Lorenzaccio (est. $12,000 to $15,000 and $4,500 to $5,500); sound 1898 Medea (est. $20,000 to $25,000); a rare variant of his 1899 Salon des Cent / XXth Exhibition, printed in gold ink in an edition of 25 (est. $20,000 to $25,000); Seasons from 1896 (estimated between $40,000 and $50,000); two extremely rare Champagne calendar drawings of approx. 1898 (each is estimated between $17,000 and $20,000); and his 1903 St. Louis Exhibition (est. $12,000 to $15,000). And Mucha is revered Decorative Documents portfolio, from 1902, will also be auctioned (est. $25,000 to $30,000).

For another titan of the Belle Époque, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 31 of his rarest and most significant works will be put up for auction. The design that launched his poster career, the 1891 Moulin Rouge / La Goulue is included (est. $230,000 to $250,000). Other prestigious posters include his 1896 Ault & Wiborg company. (estimated between $30,000 and $40,000); the 1896 The Book of Chaps (estimated between $40,000 and $50,000); the 1896 Salon des Hundred, one of 50 prints, before letters and hand-signed (estimated between $35,000 and $45,000); the extremely rare 1898 motorist, from an edition of 25 (est. $40,000 to $50,000); the 1899 The Jockey (est. $50,000-$60,000), and the only known copy of a print for this poster (est. $30,000-$40,000); and the 1899 Jane April (est. $60,000 to $70,000). An original drawing from 1892, The glutton, will also be available (est. $100,000 to $120,000).

Other Art Nouveau masterpieces include 1897 by Gisbert Combaz 1st International Congress of Lawyers (est. $7,000-$9,000), Georges de Feure’s 1897 The Sales Journal (est. $10,000-$12,000), Eugène Grasset ca. 1905 apricot (est. $6,000-$8,000), Jules-Alexandre Grün’s 1902 model for Scala / It’s from a Raid! (est. $6,000 to $8,000), 1900 by Adolfo Hohenstein Monaco / Motorboat Exhibitions (est. $10,000-$12,000), Privat Livemont’s 1896 Absinthe Robette (est. $12,000-$15,000) and its 1897 oriental bitter (est. $5,000-$6,000), Leopoldo Metlicovitz ca. 1910 Flouvelle (est. $5,000 to $6,000), two models of 1897 Pal for Folies-Bergère / La Loïe Fuller (each est. $6,000-$7,000), Walter Schnackenberg’s 1912 Casino Odeon (est. $25,000-$30,000), Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen 1899 Comiot Motorcycles (est. $25,000 to $30,000) and Jacques Villon of 1901 Floral Guinguette (estimated between $40,000 and $50,000).

Public screenings will take place daily from February 25 to March 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]

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