Important collection of ski posters slated for Jan. 15 auction

Erich Hermes (1881-1971), Winter in der Schweiz lithograph, circa 1938. Estimate: £3,000-£5,000. Lyon & Turnbull image

EDINBURGH, Scotland – Lyon & Turnbull is partnering with vintage poster specialists Tomkinson Churcher to present the annual Ski Sale on Wednesday, Jan. 15. This hugely popular auction celebrates the golden age of travel, from the turn of the 20th century through to the 1950s, a time when the first ski resorts competed to be recognized as the most glamorous, with some of the finest designers and artists commissioned to create stylish posters urging vacationers to visit. The auction will consist of approximately 70 poster lots, with estimates ranging from £300 to £9,000.

Of particular note is an important collection of Swiss and European posters form the 1920s to the 1960s, which have been in the possession of one family for 100 years.

Martin Peikert (1901-1975), Champery lithograph, 1955. Estimate: £5,000-£7,000. Lyon & Turnbull image

The collection is owned by Roland and Marie Louise Zahnd, who inherited a large part of it from Marie-Louise’s father, Louis Nicollier, a graphic designer who worked in Switzerland and Belgium during the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. Nicollier’s network of lithographic printers throughout Switzerland gave him access to a wide array of posters. He was thus able to build up an important collection, fresh from the lithographers and artists themselves, showcasing some of the most iconic symbols of Swiss alpine culture.

Martin Peikert (1901-1975), Villars lithograph. Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. Lyon & Turnbull image

His daughter, Marie-Louise, and son-in-law Roland Zahnd were able to grow and develop the collection during their careers as graphic designers at some of the major agencies in Switzerland. Their contribution includes important midcentury posters with huge graphic impact, further telling the story of Swiss graphic design and the expansion of Swiss alpine tourism.

Hans Thoni (1906-1980), Jungfraujoch lithograph, 1930. Estimate: £300-£500. Lyon & Turnbull image

Marie Louise and Roland have since moved to the South of France where Roland continues his artistic work, now creating sculptures and paintings that punctuate their Provencal home. The collection has been stored in their house, away from the light, since the time of acquisition, resulting in the posters’ retention of exceptionally bright and fresh colors.

Martin Peikert (1901-1975), Gstaad lithograph, 1946. Estimate: £3,000-£5,000. Lyon & Turnbull image

The Ski Sale will take place alongside Lyon & Turnbull’s opening auction of 2020, Contemporary & Post-War Art, on January 15. Lyon & Turnbull is located at 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3RR, Scotland. Website: www.lyonandturnbull.com.

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