CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions will hold an 825-lot sale of Vintage Posters on Saturday, January 29 starting at 10am Central time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Antique posters featuring exquisite images of yesteryear take several of the top lot slots in this important sale, chief among them Kees Van Der Laan’s Leert Vliegen (Learn To Fly), estimated at $4,000-$6,000. This stunning and dynamic framed poster for a flight school is rendered in white, grey, and blue and was printed in Rotterdam by Kuhn & Zoon in 1931.
The sale also includes a selection of posters that capture important domestic and international events. Of particular note is The Ensign, a circa-1890s linen-backed lithograph estimated at $800-$1,200. It spotlights President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton looking down lovingly upon a small child eagerly tugging at the president’s arm.
Posters featuring American travel destinations and transport services are also hot tickets in this sale. Leading the strong selection is Charles Allen’s 1960s-era Hawaii, estimated at $1,000-$1,500. This offset, linen backed lithograph travel poster features surfers catching a huge ocean wave. Equally compelling is David Klein’s TWA / Las Vegas, estimated at $900-$1,200. This linen-backed, circa-1957 silkscreen and offset lithograph contrasts leisure in Las Vegas in the sun and after dark. It represents the earliest printing of this iconic poster.
No passport is required to appreciate this event’s premier selections of posters promoting overseas travel and adventure. One among many head-turners is a lithographed poster for Velke Karlovice, Raj Lyzaru – a picturesque ski resort in today’s Czechia, estimated at $900-$1,300. This linen-backed example is illustrated by Czech artist Ladislav Horak and features the profile of an athletic man skiing down an idyllic, snow covered run.
Paul George Lawler’s Peru of the Incas / Pan American, estimated at $1,200-$1,800, depicts men looking up at a Pan Am Douglas DC-3 flying over the Andes. It is linen backed and dates to 1938.
Also worthy of attention is Aaron Fine’s circa-1960 poster London / Pan Am, estimated at $900-$1,300. This linen-backed example features a London double-decker bus conductor pulling one letter from the title, while additional buses circle the Shaftesbury memorial fountain at Piccadilly Circus.
Yet another clear standout is Austin Cooper’s See India / Amber, estimated at $900-$1,200. This circa-1930s linen backed color lithograph, spotlighting an elephant with a howdah on its back in a procession below the city walls of Amber (Amer) in Jaipur, was published in London by the Lochend Printing Co. Ltd. Cooper designed more than 50 posters for the London Underground, many examples of which are held at the London Transport Museum. This is one of only a few posters he designed for destinations outside the British Isles.
This sale comes full circle with posters promoting consumer goods, food and beverages, such as Camille Bouchet’s Cognac Jacquet, estimated at $900-$1,300. This iconic circa-1920s linen-backed color lithograph poster depicts a colorful peacock and a bottle of cognac.
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