In the desert of summer auctions, Swann’s colorful sale of vintage posters is an oasis. The selection on Aug. 5 includes some serious images, such as the unforgettable First World War poster exhorting young men to “ENLIST,” the giant letters suspended beneath a haunting image of two ghostly victims of the Lusitania disaster, a veritable Madonna and Child.
But, for the most part, the posters in the sale, some of which date back to the nineteenth century, are happy evocations of pleasurable and chic destinations such as Cannes, Monte Carlo, Biarritz, Hawaii, and Mykonos; in one particularly lovely example, an impossibly elegant couple surveys the manicured grounds of a fancy hotel at Saint-Honoré-les-Bains, circa 1928. The auction also features a series of sports posters celebrating football, track and field, and baseball.
Labels: leisure, resorts, WWI