What with it being summer and all that, things have quietened down a bit on the auction front this month, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on. Next week, Swann Galleries have a sale, with a few items of interest to this blog included.
Like every other recent sale, the anniversary of World War One means that there are a fair number of recruiting posters in there. (Where did they all come from this year? Have auctioneers been stockpiling them for decades? Or are they actually as common as anything?).
David Henry Souter, 1917, est $800-1,200
That one, you will not be entirely surprised to learn, is Australian, rather than British.
These inevitably lead on to World War Two posters, of which this is probably my favourite just because it’s an interesting and unusual poster for the time (as written about here, before)
And hey, guess what, there’s one of these too. Again.
For a rare poster, there aren’t half a lot of them about. So many, in fact, that I have lost track of what they are selling for. But I still don’t want one.
What does distinguish this sale from any other though is the enormous quantity of – wait for it – tennis posters. And these aren’t just posters for equipment, tournaments and so on, but any poster that might have even the slightest glimpse of a tennis racquet in it. Which means that it includes this Tom Purvis design for Austin Reed.
There are also a surprising number of British seaside posters of the 1950s on offer too. Most of them have been featured on this blog at some time or other, but this one is new to me.
I love, just love, the pointy hat in the background there. Where can I get one?
This one is also worth noting, because when it’s offered for sale at Christies or Onslows, it tends to go for considerably more than this estimate, so there might be a chance of a (relative) bargain.
And that’s about your lot. Unless of course you want an elephant on a Vespa?
Who wouldn’t, really?