Posters Auction #85 Presents 490 Iconic Works

Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern Design, Original Posters Will Cross The Block Nov. 14

November 5, 2021

The 85th Rare Posters Auction from Poster Auctions International (PAI) on Sunday, Nov. 14, features rarities from a century of poster design. The collection includes Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern, and Contemporary lithographs and maquettes that are ideally suited to a variety of interests, tastes, and budgets.
All 490 lots will be on view to the public through Saturday, Nov. 13. The auction will be held live in PAI’s gallery at 26 W. 17th St. in New York City, as well as online at, beginning promptly at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
“This auction is notable for its inclusion of beloved works as well as rarely seen images that have not been at auction in many years. We’re delighted with the selections available from top artists such as Cappiello, Cassandre, Colin, Mauzan, Mucha, Schnackenberg, and Toulouse-Lautrec,” said Jack Rennert, president of Poster Auctions International Inc.
For collectors of transit posters, over 80 designs for bicycles, aviation, and automobiles are in the sale. Notable cycling images include the anonymous ca. 1895 “Cycles Gladiator” (est. $30,000-$40,000), H. Gray’s 1899 “Cycles Sirius” (est. $4,000-$5,000), and Ferdinand Lunel’s ca. 1894 “Rouxel & Dubois” (est. $4,000-$5,000). Aviation buffs will delight in M. de Linière’s 1908 “Ligue Nationale Aérienne” (est. $4,000-$5,000), Ernest Montaut’s 1909 “Première Exposition Locomotion Aérienne / Grand Palais” (est. $8,000-$10,000), and a variety of images for contemporary airlines.
For collectors of automobile posters, highlights include Roger Perot’s 1933 “Grand Prix de Nice” (est. $5,000-$6,000), Vic’s 1930 “Shell Oil & Petrol / For Quick Starting” (est. $3,000-$4,000), and Plinio Codognato’s ultra-rare 1923 “Gran Premio d’Europa / Fiat” (est. $70,000-$90,000).
Twenty-seven works will be available from Leonetto Cappiello, known as the “father of modern advertising.” His innovative approach employed unusual imagery to create brand recognition, and this ingenuity is palpable in images such as his 1907 “Triple-Sec Fournier” (est. $4,000-$5,000); the 1919 “Naol,” which has never been seen at auction before (est. $4,000-$5,000); the 1926 “Automoto / Byrrh” (est. $7,000-$9,000); and the 1933 “Le Petit Dauphinois” (est. $25,000-$30,000).
Further Art Deco highlights include Paul Colin’s 1932 maquette, “Ces Messieurs Dames” (est. $10,000-$12,000); Gert Sellheim’s 1936 “Australia / Surf Club” (est. $7,000-$9,000); Roger Broders’ ca. 1930 “Monte-Carlo” (est. $10,000-$12,000); Marcelo Nizzoli’s 1926 “Campari / l’aperitivo” (est. $5,000-$6,000); and Adolph Treidler’s 1927 “New York Central / The Wonder City” (est. $3,000-$4,000). Treidler’s maquette for this poster will also be at auction (est. $2,000-$2,500).
From the Art Nouveau era, dozens of impressive lithographs will be on offer. From Alphonse Mucha, the great purveyor of Belle Époque beauty, 30 posters and decorative panels will be at auction. These include his 1896 “La Dame aux Camelias” (est. $17,000-$20,000), the 1902 “Cycles Perfecta” (est. $20,000-$25,000), the rare proof before letters of his 1896 “Salon des Cent / XXme Exposition” (est. $30,000-$40,000), the 1896 “Seasons” (est. $30,000-$40,000), and the 1898 “Reverie,” printed on silk (est. $20,000-$25,000).
Further seminal Art Nouveau works will be offered, including the anonymous 1896 “Sutro Baths” (est. $8,000-$10,000), F. Hugo d’Alesi’s 1894 maquette for “Centenaire de la Lithographie / Galerie Rapp” (est. $30,000-$40,000), a 1900 pastel painting by Jules Chéret titled “Danse avec Pierrot” (est. $30,000-$40,000), and Maxfield Parrish’s 1896 “Poster Show / Pennsylvania Academy” (est. $17,000-$20,000).
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