Christie’s has led the way in the market of Vintage Posters at auction, holding the first ever sale dedicated to the category in 1982. The tri-annual auctions held in the South Kensington saleroom offer examples from the late 19th and early 20th Century from the genres of travel, sport and food and drink.
The posters span avant-garde movements of the period including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Secession, Vorticism and Constructivism. Typical artists in this category include poster pioneers Henri di Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, Cassandre, Roger Broders, McKnight Kauffer, and The Stenberg Brothers.
Of special interest are the annual sales of ‘Travel Posters’ and the immensely popular ‘Ski Sale’. In addition, the department holds single owner sales such as the landmark auction: ‘Posters with a Purpose: The London Transport Museum Sale’ which realised a total of £1,026,750 / $1,653,068 / €1,276,250
The allure of Christie’s poster sales draws International collectors and travel lovers, as well as interior designers and decorators.
The Man With The Movie Camera
lithograph in colours, 1929
Keeps London Going
Imperial War Museum
Les Sports D'hiver A St.Pierre De Chartreuse
Soaring To Success! Daily Herald - The Early Bird
The Night Scotsman
Section Allemande Exposition
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Having studied for a Master of Philosophy in Decorative Arts at Glasgow University, Nicolette began working on House Sales and the Valuation Counter at Christie’s Scotland in 1993. After moving down to Christie’s South Kensington she was made Poster specialist in 1995. In 1998 she became head of the Vintage Poster Department where she implemented specialist sales of Ski and Travel posters. In April 2000 Nicolette was appointed Associate Director and has written the Vintage Poster section of the Christie’s `Art Deco’ book published in 2000 and contributed to the `Art Nouveau and Art Deco Millers Guide’ in 1998. She also contributed to `The Art of Skiing’published in 2006, ‘Tramway Art’ published in 2010 and London Midland Scotland Posters published in 2010. Nicolette was appointed Director in March 2006. Nicolette worked closely with the London Transport Museum resulting in the landmark sale `Posters with a Purpose: The London Transport Museum Sale. In January 2012 she was appointed Head of the Popular Culture & Couture department in addition to her role as Head of Department, Vintage Posters.
Sophie joined Christie’s in 2005, as a member of Client Services, having graduated from The University of Sussex with a first class BA in Art History and upon completion of an art foundation, specialising in Printmaking. Sophie moved to Posters as administrator in 2006, and was appointed Junior Specialist in July 2007. Sophie is now the specialist for the annual Travel and Vintage Posters sales, and has worked on the high profile auction Posters with a Purpose: The London Transport Museum Sale and in 2011 catalogued the collection of the Wagons-Lits Archive in Paris. Sophie was appointed Associate Director in 2012.