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10 Years of Vintage Posters and Art Glass

25 Feb


Posted by Antonia Kolev in Vintage posters

Posters are barometers of social, economic, political and cultural events, as well as mirrors of everyday life. Posters are art and a message. The idea of poster design is to awaken interest and hold it long enough for the message to get across. To do this, graphic designers produce striking, creative, and often times whimsical images. 


24 Jan

About original vintage posters

Posted by Antonia Kolev

The poster advertising phenomenon quickly spread beyond France to the rest of the world – Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Britain, Spain, US, Switzerland. Printing techniques continued to develop and due to greater efficiency, offset and silk-screen printing replaced stone lithography as the main method of creating posters. In France, the print advertising tradition continued to dominate as great poster artists, Savignac, Morvan and Villemot produced witty and stylish posters well into the 1950's and 60's.

Until today the poster has lost nothing of its actuality or of its effective power. New experiences and knowledge repeatedly question the efficacy of the poster, but it constantly renews itself with the discovery of new forms of expression and assertion, born out of the struggle of graphic artists with the design problems of their time. Posters are barometer of social, economic, political and cultural events, as well as mirrors of our everyday lives.

Collectivity and Value-over the last ten years the popularity of vintage posters has been increasing. Posters have proven to be a great investment for those looking for a relatively low cost entry into the art market. Prices can range from less than $100 to up to several thousand dollars depending on factors such as the artist, condition, rarity, size and subject. Given the limited number of pieces still in circulation and an ever increasing number of collectors, demand is high and poster prices are steadily rising. Our main word of advice is to buy posters you love.

Condition-the ratings described here represent generally accepted standards for assessing the condition of a poster.
"A" the poster is in fine condition. The colors are fresh and there is no paper loss. If there is a slight tear, or folds, it is very unobtrusive.
"B" the poster is in good condition. The colors are acceptable. While slight paper loss maybe evident, it does not distract from the image. Restoration is not immediately apparent.
"C" the poster is in fair condition. Colors are faded, and there are signs of more extensive restoration. Existing folds are more visible, and possibly minor paper loss.

05 Sep

All things Gabbiani Murano Glass - Part 2 Colors

Posted by Antonia Kolev

Glass is color, light, shadow, reflection, transparency and opaqueness. The knowledge contained in ancient recipe books listing formulas for color compositions for glass is reserved to very few.

Every glass-master jealously guards his secret formulas, and each formula is a legacy transmitted from father to son. This is because a color is the alchemy of a multiplicity of factors, even meteorological ones. It is for this reason that even for the very same glass-master it is at times difficult to recreate the exact conditions in which a color was created.

Glass is one of the most versatile materials, both in the working of it as in the coloring of it. The challenge is in mixing the components and experimenting. The results are always surprising. Every new tone reminds us that we still have so much to discover in working with this magnificent ancient and contemporary material.

20 Aug

All things Gabbiani Murano Glass - Part 1 Venice

Posted by Antonia Kolev

Venice is not an island. Murano is not an island. They are atoms linked by water that come together in a single entity: the lagoon of Venice.

The fragmentation of single parts, wonderful islands in themselves, small maritime worlds, and their fusion in the powerful, sumptuous, innovative and eccentric Venice and its Republic. The art of commerce, the curiosity regarding Oriental cultures, the precious ability to meld the knowledge of faraway lands with Italian genius.

Murano Glass should be considered this way: a sublime blend of many factors: glass powders, the furnace’s heat, the master’s hand create a reality held together by colour, form, structure, surface, spirit, mind, hands, mouth, and breath. The ritual repeats itself with every new cast, each time something changes and the objects result already special because they are unique.

For over 40 years Gabbiani has espoused this philosophy where creating Murano glass means to imagine, to draw on the past and to project oneself into the future while tending an ear to the lapping of the Lagoon’s waters.

02 Aug

Les Maiters de l'Affiche Documentary

Posted by Antonia Kolev

19th century fin de siècle Paris was decorated with giant posters created by many of the greatest artists of the day. Such was their popularity that artist-publisher Jules Chéret issued perfect miniature versions which were avidly collected. It is these which are offered here.

Thank you Goldmark Gallery for this wonderful documentary on Les Maitres de l'Affiche.