The PAI #82 Rare Poster Auction on November 15 features works by Cappiello, Cheret, Haring, Mucha,…
NEW YORK CITY, NY –– Poster Auctions International’s Rare Poster Auction #82 on Sunday, November 15 will feature masterpieces and rarities from more than two centuries of poster design. Top artists include Cappiello, Chéret, Haring, Mucha, Steinlen and Toulouse-Lautrec.
The auction will be presented to the public from October 30 to November 14; the auction will take place live at PAI’s gallery at 26 West 17th Street in New York City and online at posterauctions.com, beginning at 11 a.m. sharp EST.
Jack Rennert, President of Poster Auctions International, Inc., said, “In a year of so much upheaval, I’m glad to find some sense of normalcy again with our upcoming auction and the catalog is back. . As always, collectors can expect to find a range of masterful works, including highly sought after items and beloved images.
The auction will start with two sections of travel posters for the UK and Italy – a perfect balm for the current travel restrictions. Major works include 1925 by William H. Barribal Bridlington (est. $8,000-$10,000), G. Stanislaus Brien’s Moonlight swim on the East Coast (est. $7,000-$9,000), 1931 by Aurelio Caffonara Genoa (est. $1,200 to $1,500) and that of Marcello Dudovich circa 1930 Padua (estimated between $1,400 and $1,700).
The War & Propaganda collection includes poignant and powerful drawings from World War I and World War II, as well as hand-painted posters from the Vietnam War. Highlights include the 1917 designs by James Montgomery Flagg I want you in the US Army (est. $7,000 to $9,000) and Wake up, America! (est. $5,000 to $6,000), as well as Fred Spear approx. 1917 enlist (est. $3,000 to $3,500).
As always, posters for bicycles, aviation and automobiles are featured. Notable works include Edward Penfield circa 1895 Orientation cycles (est. $7,000 to $9,000), 1896 by William H. Bradley Victor Bikes / Overman Wheel Co. in the largest format (est. $20,000-$25,000), the anonymously designed 1906 Automobiles de Dion Bouton (est. $3,500-$4,000), 1907 by Georges Rochegrosse Ten-Year Automobile Exhibition (est. $5,000-$6,000), 1909 by Ernest Montaut First Aerial Locomotion Exhibition / Grand Palais (est. $7,000 to $9,000) and 1910 by Aldo Mazza Milano Circuito Aereo Internazionale (est. $10,000 to $12,000).
Nearly 40 iconic and rare works will be available by the inimitable Leonetto Cappiello. Classics include Verse 1906 Automobiles Charron Ltd / Puteaux (est. $5,000 to $6,000), circa 1910 Vermouth Cinzano (est. $6,000 to $8,000), the 1929 Umbrella-Revel (est. $3,000 to $4,000) and the 1929 Mint Drops (est. $10,000 to $12,000). His rarest works include Smoke the Globe (est. $5,000 to $6,000) and Abatilles Mineral Water from 1926 (est. $4,000-$5,000).
By Alphonse Mucha, 21 decadent works from the Belle Époque will be auctioned. His best and most beloved works include the 1896 Salon des Cent / XXth Exhibition (est. $12,000-$15,000), 1896 Job (est. $17,000-$20,000), 1894 Gismonda / Renaissance Theater (est. $20,000 to $25,000) and an uncommon variant of the 1897 Byzantine heads (est. $20,000 to $25,000). Rarities will also be offered, including decorative figurines, a signed drawing in pencil and gouache from 1904 (estimated between $14,000 and $17,000) and the 1903 Northeast Bohemian Fair (est. $14,000 to $17,000).
Several important works by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen will be on display: a rare variant of his most famous drawing, Chat Noir / Reopening from 1896 (est. $20,000 to $25,000); the charming 1894 Pure sterilized milk (est. $12,000 to $15,000); and the only known example of Nestlé Swiss Milk, of 1895, with text promoting the printer G. Gerin Fils (est. $17,000-$20,000).
No Art Nouveau collection would be complete without Toulouse-Lautrec, whose works defined the grain and glamor of Fin-de-Siècle France. His first lithograph — and his most revered work — will be up for grabs: the sheet Moulin Rouge / La Goulue from 1891 (est. $250,000 to $300,000). Two creations for Aristide Bruant show the breadth of the performer: the 1892 Ambassadors (est. $50,000 to $60,000) and the 1894 Eldorado (est. $70,000 to $90,000). Other features of Lautrec’s career include the 1892 queen of joy (estimated between $60,000 and $70,000); the rare avant-texte version of They from 1896 (est. $25,000 to $30,000); the 1895 May Belfort, signed and numbered with cat’s remark (est. $50,000-$60,000); and the 1894 P. Sescau / Photographer, also with remark (estimated between $80,000 and $100,000).
Art Deco enthusiasts will revel in Lucian Bernhard’s 1914 Manoli Dandy (est. $4,000-$5,000), 1921 by Emil Cardinals Sommer in der Schweiz (est. $2,500-$3,000), AM Cassandre’s 1931 Triplex (est. $20,000 to $25,000), Olsky’s 1928 Mossant Hats (est. $3,500 to $4,000) and René Vincent of 1918 Parisian Life: Model (estimated between $3,000 and $4,000).
For those who prefer modern and contemporary designs, the options are endless. Fifteen whimsical works by Keith Haring will be available, including his 1984 Swatch / World Breakdance Championship (est. $1,200-$1,500), circa 1986 pop shop (est. $1,400-$1,700) and his iconic 1989 Act Up / Ignorance = Fear (estimated between $1,200 and $1,500). Milton Glaser’s career-defining works include his indelible 1966 Dylan (est. $1,000-$1,200) and its 1967 mahalia jackson (estimated between $2,500 and $3,000). And four works by the ultra-imaginative Tadanori Yokoo will appeal to collectors, including his 1996 work lucky god (est. $1,200 to $1,500) and 1978 Kyotomo / Some without kimono (estimated between $800 and $1,000).
Public screenings will take place daily from October 30 to November 14. For more information and to order the catalog, visit www.posterauctions.com. You can call the gallery at (212) 787-4000.
Jack Renner, president of Rennert’s Gallery/PAI, is the world’s foremost authority on rare original poster art, and is the author of over a dozen books on the subject, including the recieved catalog for the “father” of the modern French poster, Leonetto Cappiello.
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