This event also features a strong collection of posters promoting legacy brands of yesteryear.
• Lot #469, a poster for the French newspaper Le Rapide / Grand Journal Quotidien by artist Jules Cheret, is estimated at $1,000-1,500. This c. 1892 linen backed color lithograph measures 47-3/8" x 33-½” and features a woman in a red dress holding a quill in one hand and a sign for the publication in the other.
• Lot #487, a c. 1890s color linen backed advertising poster for Georges Richard / Cycles & Automobiles, is estimated at $1,200-1,800. This lithograph measures 62" x 43-¼”, is illustrated by Jean de Paleologues (1855-1942), and shows a woman holding a four-leaf clover and headdress, with profile illustrations of the company’s bicycle and automobile.
• Lot #442, a color linen backed poster for Calve oil, is estimated at $1,000-2,000. It was illustrated by F.M. Roganeau, printed in Paris by G. Desgrandchamps around 1929, and measures 62" x 46”. It shows a woman refilling an olive oil bottle for her cruet.
Posters marking key United States historical events, political movements, and initiatives are another call to action in this important sale.
• Lot #515, James Montgomery Flagg's (1870-1960) Wake Up America Day April 19, 1917, is estimated at $4,000-6,000. This 41" x 28-3/16” broadside is printed in patriotic colors and depicts a woman running through the night with a lantern and a flag. It was created for Wake Up America Day, a celebration in New York City held 13 days after the US declared war against Germany and entered World War I; the also date marked the anniversary of the Revolutionary War battle of Lexington and Paul Revere’s ride. This event was designed to catalyze military enlistment.
• Lot #536, a color lithograph celebrating the Illinois Centennial 1818-1918 by Willy G. Sesser, is estimated at $2,000-3,000. It is framed and matted, measures 40-¼" x 26-5/8”, and was printed in Chicago by the Illinois Litho. Co in 1918. It features a kneeling pioneer embracing the US flag, the Illinois statehouse, 20 stars representing the states admitted before Illinois, and a quotation from C.H. Chamberlain’s Illinois, composed by the Civil War veteran in the 1890s and which became the official state song in 1925.
This sale comes full circle with museum caliber selections of fine art, prints, and drawings.
• Lot #467, Alphonse Mucha's (1860-1939) The Seasons - consisting of the complete suite of four linen backed color lithograph panels with allegorical depictions of idealized young women as Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter - is estimated at $18,000-24,000. This stunning quartet was printed in Paris by F. Champenois in 1896; each one measures about 39-7/8" x 20 ¾”. Each panel is signed in plate by the artist.
• Lot #718, Kawase Hasui's (1883–1957) color woodblock print Rain at Maekawa in Soshu, is estimated at $400-600. It is dated February, 1932, measures 15-3/8" x 10-¼”, and is from the series Selected Tokaido Landscapes.
• Lot #742, Tony Scherman's (Canadian, b. 1950) The Rape of Callisto from 1993/4, is estimated at $4,000-6,000. This microcystalline wax and pigment on canvas work measures 72" x 60” and is signed and titled by the artist on verso. It has provenance to the Galerie Barbara Farber, retains its gallery tag to verso, and is accompanied by invoices and paperwork from the gallery.
• Lot #744, Noonline Blaze by Australian artist Tim Storrier (1949- ), is estimated at $8,000-12,000. This framed acrylic on canvas painting is signed and titled on its lower right and measures 30" x 72”. It retains its Louis Newman Galleries (Beverly Hills) gallery label on verso of its frame.
According to Gabe Fajuri, President at Potter & Potter Auctions, "At a time when people are yearning to hit the road and break the monotony of the last year of lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, the strong travel section that leads our poster sale is as evocative as it is eye-catching. And the great diversity of images - in such a wide range of categories - certainly qualifies this sale as one of the "something for everyone" variety."