As if last week didn’t give you enough posters to fritter your monies away on, there are still more. Really quite a lot more too.
First, Swann Galleries, whose auction is on 15th November. Usually the appearance of a whole swathe of high quality London Underground posters on the other side of the Atlantic would be worth making a fuss over. This time though, unfortunately for them, they’re in competition with the stellar collection on sale at Christies this month. With the result that theirs don’t look quite as enticing.
Alma Faulkner, 1928, est. $1,000-1,500
This may just be because I am jaded. But I also think that there’s a different feel to this collection – a bit more pastel and bucolic, possibly even a bit more fey, which means that they don’t appeal to me as much.
Austin Cooper, 1923, est. $1,500-2,000
There are a few exceptions to this, though. One is this wonderful piece of modernism by Andrew Power (which, the catalogue tells me, was a pseudonym used by Sybil Andrews, something I didn’t know).
Andrew Power, 1933, est. $4,000-6,000
There is also this fabulous vision of modern transport.
Harold McCready, 1930, est. $1,200-1,800
Although it does make me very unsure about taking a tram, for fear of the large explosion when they all reach the centre.
Even further away in San Francisco, Poster Connection have only a handful British posters at all in their auction on 6th November. Your starter for ten are two Frank Newboulds for the Ideal Home exhibition.
Frank Newbould, 1928, est. $600.
My favourites are these two Lewitt-Hims for BOAC.
Lewitt Him, 1948, est. $400.
Lewitt Him, 1948, est. $500
And there’s also a Games.
Abram Games, 1949, est. $500
Plus a couple of interesting McKnight Kauffers too.
McKnight Kauffer, 1948, est. $700.
McKnight Kauffer, 1948, est. $800
The whole catalogue is worth looking at though, as they have put together a selection of the European greats, including Herbert Leupin, Donald Brun and Raymond Savignac.
Donald Brun, 1949, est. $300
And I’ve rather taken a shine to these two by Max Bill, mainly because no one in Britain ever really did type like this and so I pine for it.
Max Bill, 1933, est. $1,700
Max Bill, 1933, est. $1,000
That’s not all, either. G.W. Railwayana have an auction on 13 November (with no estimates in the catalogue, in case you wonder why I haven’t attached them). For those of us who aren’t after Pictures of Trains, there are only a few curiosities, like this rather nice bit of early 1960s Ladybird book styling.
Although this is rather nice – it’s half of a pair poster of London’s Street Markets, from 1949 and would be a lovely thing to look at every day.
A R Thomson, 1949.
I’m pointing out these GPO Schools posters, simply because they’ve come up for discussion here last week.
These (there’s another one too) are quite late, 1960s, and not very appealing if you ask me (we had some, no idea why, and sold them).
But, if you’re interested in piecing together the archaeology of poster display, this little lot is quite interesting, even though it isn’t a poster.
They’re poster paste pots, designed, I suppose, to be non-spill and to get just the right amount of paste on your Tom Purvis. What’s particularly interesting is that one, unsurprisingly has GWR on it. But the other says Waterlows – who were of course one of the great printers of posters. So is this a very early promotional gift? I need to know.
And finally, who wouldn’t want to be Babycham Coal Queen of 1980?
Yours with Scotland For Me (7 assorted); Visit Moscow; Manchester plus others. A bargain in the making.