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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17 July 2014
Twenty lots comprising works by Anglo-Italian artist Fortunino Matania will be offered at the upcoming fine art sale being held by Tennants of Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
06 January 2014
Having tempted buyers with one-off auctions called The London Sale in September 2012 and Out of the Ordinary in September 2013, Christie’s will continue to use this sale format to offer a tasty selection on January 16.
09 June 2014
The First World War shattered not just lives but also perceptions of the ‘natural order’ of things across Europe and how it was ruled.
09 October 2013
The ‘Watercolours’ fair returns for its fifth year at the Science Museum, from February 6-8.
22 April 2014
Christie’s are hoping to tap the international movie star market by putting on a preview for a new annual summer sale at the Cannes Film Festival.
06 August 2013
Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas, are claiming a new auction record for an insert movie poster.