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Circa-1930 vintage French poster for Fap’Anis, a liqueur that was initially fictional, estimated at $3,500-$4,000 at Jasper52.

Circa-1930 poster for a French drink that didn’t exist headlines Jan. 2 sale in New York

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, January 2, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will hold a sale titled The Artful Palette: Prints, Fine Art & More!, a 92-lot auction featuring just that – prints, fine art, and more. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Leading the highlights is a circa-1930 French advertising poster that is as colorful and as alluring as it was the day it was printed. It touts Fap’Anis, a liqueur with a hint of anise that probably didn’t exist when the poster was plastered across the cityscape of Paris. The name of the artist is given as Delval, which turned out to be a collective of creatives who found it amusing to generate ads that gave them a means to mock the social classes and their foibles. But, according to the accepted backstory (which may or may not be true), Team Delval ultimately went looking for a distiller to make the drink a reality after the public failed to get the joke and persisted in asking where they could buy the bewitching beverage. The poster, which is a vintage original, carries an estimate of $3,500-$4,000.

Also featured is a circa-1920 Edward S. Curtis blue-toned gelatin silver print titled Aphrodite, or Floating Aphrodite. Better known for his epic work The North American Indian, which attempted to document the vanishing tribal communities of North America, Curtis (1868-1952) might have hit upon the idea for the Aphrodite image from his work with cyanotypes. The fast-developing medium was the Polaroid of its day, which Curtis used while out in the field to test the composition of a photograph before recording it on a more expensive form of film. The print has an estimate of $4,500-$5,500.

The final highlight is an oil on canvas by the American artist Ellen B. Farr (1840-1907). It shows the San Gabriel Mission in Pasadena, California, and dates to circa 1890, the year in which the widowed artist first traveled to the Golden State. The painting is estimated at $6,000-$7,000.