NEW YORK CITY – Swann Galleries’ annual auction of Art Nouveau posters on Dec. 19, 2007, brought in more than $1.1 million, making it Swann’s highest grossing poster auction to date.
The sale’s top lot was a pair of ornately bound albums containing 138 lithograph proofs for Alphonse Mucha’s Ilsee, Princesse de Tripoli, each exquisitely hand-colored by the artist in watercolor. The set sold to a private collector for $312,000, including buyer’s premium. These images, which are far more vivid than the illustrations in the printed book, were last exhibited publicly more than 100 years ago.
The top lot of the sale was a collection of 138 hand-colored proofs by Alphonse Mucha for the book Ilsee, Princess de Tripoli, Paris, 1897. Sold at Swann Galleries for $312,000 (including buyer’s premium). Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries.
Mucha posters also performed well, especially the sensuous Cycles Perfecta, Paris, 1897, which brought a record $48,000, as well as the theatrical Lorenzaccio, Paris, 1896, $18,000; Waverley Cycles, Paris, 1898, $22,800; and the luminous Ruby, 1900, $14,400.
Works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec included the bold Ambassadeurs, Paris, 1892, in exceptionally good condition, which commanded $120,000; another view of Aristide Bruant, this one plate 7 of the Cafe Concert Portfolio, hand signed and inscribed to Bruant by Lautrec, 1893, gaveled at $14,400.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Ambassadeurs, Paris, 1892. Sold at Swann Galleries on December 19, 2007 for $120,000 (including buyer’s premium). Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries.
For complete results, an illustrated catalogue with prices realized can be purchased for $35 from Swann Auction Galleries, 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or viewed online.
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