NEW YORK— Swann Galleries will showcase vintage travel posters as well as modern prints in two upcoming auctions. The Rare & Important Travel Posters auction is slated for Thursday, Oct. 26 and features the work of renowned graphic artists such as Roger Broders, Adolpe Mouron Cassandre and Jean Dupas. One week later, Nov. 2, Swann Galleries ushers in its Old Master Through Modern Prints sale. This auction will feature prints from the 15th to 20th centuries, including seven pieces expected to sell for more than $100,000.
Art Deco Leading Modern Prints
A selection of Art Deco Works, embodying the Golden Age of luxury travel, will come before bidders Oct. 26. The offerings will be lead by pieces by Jean Dupas used in promotion of the London Passenger Transportation Board in the early-to-mid 20th century. In conclusion, Dupas’ works up for bid include two landscapes: “Where is this bower beside the silver Thames?” and “Thence to Hyde Park.” Both landscapes carry estimates of $15,000 to $20,000 into the sale. Six posters Dupas designed for the London project in 1933 are also featured in the sale, each bearing an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.
Brightly-colored Deco depictions of European getaways by Pierre Commarmond are led by “La Route des Pyrénées,” circa 1925, and “Villers sur Mer / La Plage des Enfants,” circa 1935, one of the few works by the artists to depict people enjoying the advertised locale, each with an estimate of $1,000 to $1,500.
Additional Featured Lots
• Scarce Marseille / Porte de l’Afrique du Nord, 1929 ($4,000-$6,000).
• White Star Line / R.M.S. Olympic & Titanic poster, circa 1911 ($8,000-$12,000).
• Normandie / Maiden Voyage, Adolphe Mouron Cassandre, 1935 ($15,000-$20,000).
• Debut-Pennsylvania Railroad / The Gateway to America, 1929 ($4,000-$5,000).
• By the North Shore Line-Chicago Rapid Transit, 1923 ($4,000-$6,000).
Moving to the Nov. 2 Old Master Through Modern Prints auction, a selection of artwork from the first half of the 20th century produced by American artists will come to the sale, with Edward Hopper’s “The Lonely House” leading the way.
With that, Hopper’s etching, done in 1923, is expected to vie for the status of top lot, carrying an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000 into the auction.
European Printmaking Represented
The offerings in the Nov. 2 sale include a work dating back to the introduction of printmaking in
Europe. Israel van Mechenem’s engraving, titled “The Dance of the Daughters of Hernias,” circa 1480, carries an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000. Other highlight lots:
• Lithograph “Los Caprichos,” circa 1799, complete with 80 etchings ($70,000-$100,000).
• Hand-colored etching “La Vegeance de Hop-Frog,” circa 1898, by James Ensor ($60,000-$90,000).
• “Prophet” etching by Emil Nolde ($30,000-$50,000).
For more details, visit www.swanngalleries.com or call 212-254-4710.