Graphic Design: May 18, 2023 Auction Highlights

Lot 42: Ladislav Sutnar, Vystava Modernize Obchodu / [Modern Commerce Exhibition], 1929. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.

Swann’s annual Graphic Design auction gets better and better with each passing year. As more people find interest and delight in the material, still others bring us wonderful material to offer. This year’s is one of the strongest auctions we have ever assembled. On offer are standout items from across the globe with a myriad of art movements, including Jugendstil and Secession, Art Deco, Futurism, Mid-Century Modernism and Swiss Realism. Two large archives of ephemeral material lend to the sale an angle that it has seldom had, but one that is of great interest to the market: ephemeral design such as postcards, books, magazines, pamphlets and beyond.

Aficionados of the legends of graphic design will marvel at rare works by Fortunato Depero, Max Huber, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Abram Games, Paul Schuitema, Ladislav Sutnar, Gustav Klutsis, Frederic Henrion, Herbert Bayer, Ludwig Hohlwein, Paul Rand, Milton Glaser, William Addison Dwiggins, Peter Behrens and Viktor Koretsky, to name but a few!

Left: Lot 8: Peter Behrens, Darmstadt / Mai – 1901, 1901. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000; right: Lot 5: Ludwig Hohlwein, Zeiss / Feldstecher, 1912. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
Lot 38: Gustav Klutsis, Politburo, photocollage maquette, 1935. Estimate $7,000 to $10,000
Left: Lot 83: Federico Seneca, Cioccolatini Perugina, circa 1930. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000; right: Lot 152: Noël Fontanet, Grand Prix De Suisse / Genève, 1938. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.

Also on offer is an outstanding selection of racing and automotive posters, including works by Jules De Praetere, Cassarini and Nils Wedel.

From left to right: Lot 138: Jules De Praetere, Taxameter 10,000, 1915. Estimate $5,000 to $7,500; Lot 143: Cassarini, Nervol, circa 1930. Estimate $1,000 to $1,500; Lot 147: Nils Wedel, Sveriges Grand Prix, 1930. Estimate $1,200 to $1,800. 
Lot 145: Vic, Shell Oil & Petrol / For Quick – Starting, 1930. Estimate $1,500 to $2,000.

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The sale features a strong selection of Swiss posters, including works by Niklaus Stoecklin, Donald Brun, Peter Birkhauser, Hebert Leupin, Numa Rick, Armin Hoffman, Josef Muller-Brockmann, Otto Baumberger, Karl Hindenlang and Hermann Eidenbenz.

From the private collection of Albert P. Albano we are able to present one of the most intriguing collections of Italian Futurism to come to market. All graphic, the material is primarily ephemeral, encompassing postcards, pocket calendars and magazines, as well as a number of important, wonderfully-designed books. Artists, among others, include Fortunato Depero, Attilo Calzavara, Tato, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Umberto di Lazarro, Federico Seneca and Enrico Prampolini.

Left: Lot 73: Fortunato Depero, La Rivista & Vanity Fair, group of 10 magazines, 1924-35. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000; right: Lot 82: Guglielmo Sansoni ‘Tato’, Ala Littoria / Linee Aeree Italiane, 1934. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.
Lot 76: Umberto Di Lazzaro, Crociera Aerea Del Decennale / Le Vie Dell’Aria, foldout poster with enclosed periodical, 1933. Estimate $600 to $900.

Paul Rand & William Addison Dwiggins are represented by several lots, including books, pamphlets and posters.

Left: Lot 202: Paul Rand, IBM, Group of 7 posters, $1,500-2,000; right: Lot 193: Paul Rand, Dancer On Orange Ground, circa 1958. Estimate $800 to $1,200.
Lot 53: William Addison Dwiggins, Marionette in Motion & Prelude to Eden, group of 4 books, 1956. Estimate $600 to $900.

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