Plenty of paper shows take us into March!
The following press release was sent to me from Swann Galleries in New York and their vintage poster sale February 13 was the house’s most successful February poster offering in more than 10 years. According to the press release, “A collection of over 350 Puerto Rican posters, showcasing the best of the island’s graphic artists and designers, led the sale at $37,500. Amassed by a studio assistant of Rafael Trufiño, Lorenzo Homar and José Rosa, ‘the archive was one of the most items in the sale, representing almost half a century’s worth of graphic design from Puerto Rico and garnering more interest than any other item in the sale,’ noted Nicholas D. Lowry, the house’s president and director of vintage posters. Nine Mucha designs earned spots in the top 20 lots. Highlights included The Flowers, a group of three decorative panels, 1898, which earned $18,200; Cycles Perfecta, 1897, saw $13,750; and Lance Parfum “Rodo, 1896, brought a record for the poster at $10,000. Arnost Hofbauer proved successful with all three of the artist’s posters on offer achieving records: Hana Kvapilova Recitace, 1899, set the record for the artist at $8,125, while II. Vystava Spolki “Manes” / Topicuv Salon, 1898, and Topicuv Salon, 1898, set records for the posters at $6,750 and $5,750, respectively. Also of note was Georges de Feure’s Le Journal des Ventes, 1898—the image with rare text brought $11,250. Further records featured Pan-American Exposition / Niagara, 1901, by Evelyn Rumsey Cary, and Chicago / New York Central Lines, 1929, by Leslie Ragan—both won by institutions. Cary’s American Art Nouveau image, based on the artist’s painting Spirit of Niagara, set a record for Cary at $11,250; while Ragan’s first poster for the New York Central Lines earned a record for the image at $8,125. Additional highlights included Dwight Clark Shepler’s advertisement for skiing in Sun Valley ($10,625); Walter L. Green’s New York Central Line image for travel to Storm King ($7,250); and Aryeh El-Hanani’s The Palestine Exhibition Vienna / XIV Zionist Congress, 1925 ($6,250). The next auction from the Vintage Posters department at Swann will be Graphic Design on May 7. Visit swanngalleries.com or download the Swann Galleries App for catalogues, bidding and inquiries.”
Here’s a few upcoming shows for those who are looking to expand their collection of postcards or paper ephemera. The Oklahoma City Postcard and Paper Show in Association with Heritage Event Co. takes place on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 at the State Fair Park, Fairgrounds Expo Hall at 3001 General Pershing Boulevard in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Hours for the show are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information with Jim Taylor at (888) 451-0340.
An Antique Postcard Auction is March 7 at 10 a.m. at 11177 Main Street in Clarence, New York. Kelly and Ben Schultz Auctioneers are operating the auction that will include a major collection of real photo postcards, Halloween, Christmas, and Thanksgiving cards. Thousands of New York state postcards, and much more will also be available. Approximately 200,000 postcards are scheduled to be sold. More information and photos at www.SchultzAuctioneers.net or at (716) 407-3125.