On Thursday, March 16, Swann Galleries offered Vintage Posters, featuring dynamic selections of graphic art from the end of the nineteenth century through the middle of the twentieth century. The sale represented the myriad functions of the poster as a means of communication and advertising, with sections devoted to Soviet propaganda and beachside vacations alike.
Lot 293: Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Tournée du Chat Noir, 1896. Sold March 16, 2017 for $30,000, a record for the work.
The top lot of the sale was the iconic Tournée du Chat Noir by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen. The 1896 large-format poster was purchased after a neck-and-neck race by two phone bidders for $30,000, a record for the work.
Lot 284: Alphonse Mucha, Documents Décoratifs, complete portfolio with 72 plates, 1902. Sold March 16, 2017 for $22,500.
A run of works by Alphonse Mucha led by the rare complete 1902 portfolio Documents Décoratifs. Further highlights by the master included a four-panel folding screen featuring women as the allegories of Times of the Day, 1899, and the deluxe edition of Salon des Cent, 1896. Nicholas D. Lowry, director of Vintage Posters, noted of the Art Nouveau section, “we saw a refreshing resurgence of interest in works by Jules Chéret,” with highlights being Musée Grévin / Théâtre Les Fantoches de John Hewelt, 1900, with and without text ($3,750 and $1,188, respectively).
Lot 39: Carl Moos, St. Moritz, 1924. Sold March 16, 2017 for $11,250.