The poster, as we know it, dates back to the 19th century when
the innovation and use of high speed colour lithography by Jules
Chéret made mass production possible and brought this liberating
and exciting art form to the masses.
The application of art to commercial and industrial printing
soon spread throughout Europe and was adopted to advertise
everything from bicycles to absinthe.
Today posters remain a highly collectable area of the antiques
market thanks to their artistic style, historical interest and wall
power to name but three reasons for their continued appeal.
From the ATG Archive
18 October 2012
The eagerly anticipated auction of Underground posters direct from the archives of London Transport Museum was a sell-out at Christie’s South Kensington earlier this month.
24 August 2012
While the eyes of the world have been on the 2012 London Games, the Olympic influence did not leave the auction scene untouched.
20 February 2010
Last month in Harrogate, auctioneers Morphets held a sale of what is thought to be the biggest collection of vintage railway posters ever to come on the market.
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03 February 2016
A new auction high for a ski poster was established at Christie’s South Kensington’s annual Ski sale, held on January 21, when this 1934 colour lithograph advertising the attractions of the Swiss resort of Gstaad sold for £62,000 (plus premium).
13 February 2015
Nostalgia is an important part of toy collecting, one that encourages otherwise fiscally astute middle-aged men to part with large sums of money for unblemished versions of the toys they had – or wished they had – as children.
27 January 2016
ATG readers are being encouraged to join the campaign to prevent a key part of London’s Pimlico Road from redevelopment.
22 December 2014
“It is a somewhat incoherent narrative, which, however, gives Lon Chaney an opportunity to turn up in an uncanny disguise and also to manifest his powers as Scotland Yard’s expert hypnotist. You are therefore treated to close-ups of Mr Chaney’s rolling orbs, which, fortunately, do not exert their influence on the audience.”
13 February 2015
Bonhams throw down the gauntlet at Irma Stern Museum after Strauss & Co's China Girl TV stunt
29 August 2014
The First World War centenary has prompted numerous related exhibitions which have rather dominated the calendar this year as you might expect.