So, back on the auction rounds once more, and first in our sights is Van Sabben, on December 11th.
I’ve already skipped through a few of the French ones in passing last week, but there are also a small selection of British posters in there which are worth looking at.
Lewitt Him, c.1947, est. €250
Like the Vegetabull, to start with. Everyone should own this poster.
But in addition to that, it’s a small, but quite interesting selection. There’s something for everyone. Some railway posters, like this faintly murky Fred Taylor.
Fred Taylor, 1930, est. €450
And this rather wonderful piece of glamour. In as much as Felixstowe can do glamour.
Nicoll Gordon, 1930, est. €2,000
There’s a really lovely Abram Games too, which I’ve always rather liked.
Abram Games, 1944, est. €450
As well as a few more of his posters which, while brilliant pieces of design, I nonetheless wouldn’t much fancy having up on the wall.
Abram Games, 1943, est. €650
Especially if I have to pay €650 for the rather morbid pleasure.
But one thing that I really like about the Van Sabben auctions is that, even though they don’t have that many British posters, they’re not just comprised of the usual suspects. So in addition to Abram Games and Tom Eckersley,
Tom Eckersley, 1947, est. €250
there are also posters by Henrion.
FHK Henrion, 1945, est. €280
And Beverley Pick and Reginald Mount too.
Beverley Pick, 1947, est €250
Reginald Mount, 1946, est. €650
And even Robin Day.
Robin Day, c.1950, est. €450.
I’m assuming that’s the furniture designer rather than the interviewer.
It’s not just that they have a good mix of designers, they also get posters from different sources. Like these two from the GPO, which are also both large format rather than 1o x 15.
Zero, 1942, est. €300
Manfred Reiss, 1950, est. €300
I’d love to know where they source their posters from, but I don’t suppose they’ll tell me.
My only minor complaint is the pricing. It’s hard to work out how the Vegetabull can be worth so much less than this Hans Schleger, for example, when they’re both in similar condition.
Zero, 1943, est. €500
It does sometimes feel as though estimages are obtained by sticking a pin into a roulette wheel. Mind you, I shouldn’t be complaining; that’s the way that bargains are made, after all.