January 13, 2012

Every Kitchen Needs One

And I'll take two. Not in my wildest dreams unfortunately. But any of these posters would trump the somber Schiele reproduction we bought for our kitchen. Four hundred food- and wine-related vintage posters will go under the hammer in New York on February 12. Hosting this sale is  Poster Auctions International and it should be a smorgasbord of food and drink advertising. The culinary arts will be celebrated through posters from the eras of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modern design. 

150 years of gastronomy will be covered in these original advertisements for wine, beer, liqueur and chocolate plus a myriad of other household staples. Some of these iconic images include those designed by Cappiello, Nizzoli’s Campari poster, menu designs by Alphonse Mucha, and a unique image by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec for a celebratory banquet. Wonder how much that will go for?

This show will be on view, free to the public beginning Friday, January 27 through Saturday, February 11. For those of us not lucky enough to live in NYC the 160-page catalogue ($40) is available at www.posterauctions.com.  

Vintage posters can also be purchased through the auction' parent site, The International Poster Center. Prices range from the low thousands to the many thousands. Trial proofs of Toulouse-Lautrecs iconic posters are offered in the $30,000 range

Although without a website in this day and age, Alternative Arts at 491 Bloor Street West in Toronto have catalogues upon catalogues of reproductions of this stuff. I'm guessing the end result would be cheaper. Just guessing. Another website for vintage art posters is vintagearte.artehouse.com and there are thousands to pick from at allposters.ca. 

with thanks to artdaily.com for the images and the original article


Kathy Bischoping said...

I like how the maitre d' has a hectic flush and his apron, like a genie from a bottle.

Jenny Woolf said...

Don't know if it is my imagination but posters today are rarely as visually inventive as these. What do you think?

The Clever Pup said...

I agree. They had to catch the eye without compromising design. I watched an hour long show on the type face Helvetica yesterday. Fascinating how much though goes into something so seemingly simple.