Our French Antiques Pop-Up’Cadeaux’ is Open

November 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Our bar, new shelving with French Signs, American Trophies and French Champagne Buckets, plus part of our current show “Representation Matters” 

We are Home for the Holidays!

Excited to announce that the VEPCA Showroom will be open every weekend until Christmas. There is plenty of parking on our side of 4th Street on the weekends, so come in for a cup a good cheer, shop the show and then walk two blocks to enjoy the Holiday Lights on Fourth Street’s Retail Corridor.

It’s a good time to explore our collection of over 2,500 original posters. We recently added to the shop hard to find books about posters, including  books about Mucha, The Moulin Rouge, Pierrot Posters, Russian Avant Garde Film Posters and the exquisite, limited edition Razzia signed and numbered box set which includes the book, handsomely boxed and six prints signed by the artist.

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Paper Whites in Vintage Pots, an original corker + Vintage Champagne Buckets

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Small Wine Press + Original Enamel Newspaper sign

We are pleased to announce ‘Cadeux’, our French Antiques shop, which includes a limited supply of Vintage Champagne Buckets (including Champagne Masse, Piper,  Moet and others from the Art Deco Period.

Also featuring a cool collection of vintage pottery, as well as unusual house plants, potted bulbs, vintage trophies and more.  Our new bar is has been a fun addition to the shop, and we encourage you to enjoy our collection while you sip + shop.

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Vintage pottery and Jadite for sale

Our little block now includes  Holton Frames and Gallery (at 5th and Addison) Rims and Goggles at 4th and Addison (a chic, new eye-wear shop) and of course, the anchor tenant June Taylor Artisanal Jams, our beloved next door neighbor.

We would love to see you.

Elizabeth, Sarah, Logan, and Payden

This post was written by Logan Prather, LA Liaison for VEPCA
And Elizabeth Norris, VEPCA Collector

Vintage European Posters, Established 1997
Member, IVPDA
Our Shop: 2201 Fourth Street, Berkeley Corner of Allston Way
Winter Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday 11-5
Closed on Thanksgiving
Open Every Weekend until Christmas
Saturdays 11-6, Sundays 11-5

Also available by appointment

Contact us 510 843 2201 or email vintageposters@vepca.com

Visit our collection on the web at vepca.com

2016 Framed Poster Sale

September 6, 2016 § Leave a comment

Voila! A list and photographs of our framed original advertising posters for sale.
For the ‘dog days of summer’ all of our framed posters are on sale, discounted by 20 percent. We also have a small collection of framed luggage labels on sale, and these are discounted by 50 percent. Help us clean out the shop and make room for all of the rare new posters we are adding to the collection this month! All frames are sold as is.

Toni-Kola by Robys
This poster is a master work of color and design. Robys, who’s real name was Robert Wolff, designed it in 1935, the height of the Art Deco period. Two rare birds call attention to the brand, and at 78″ x 55″ inches, the viewer on the street would have been stopped in their tracks by this advertisement. RARE! Framed by the Studio Shop in Burlingame.

Nitrolian by Cappiello
Another gem by Italian Art Deco artist Leonetto Cappiello, this image perfectly illustrates the fast drying quality of Nitrolian paint! Said to be self portrait, depicting Leonetto painting the stairs of his atelier as his wife, Alice walks down them. Framed 20 years ago by Galleria Scola, this frame should be replaced. Our framed poster sale amounts to an opportunity to buy this rare and valuable poster at a great price!

Favor Cycles by Jean Pruniere
Every poster collector has seen the small 1935 Favor poster with blue figures in a circle, surrounded by red and white stripes. It’s a classic from 1935. This poster is the source material for that image! It’s a French 1 sheet poster, created in 1927 by Jean Pruniere. It is extremely rare. We find turn of the century bicycle posters with greater frequency than we do Art Deco ones. The piece was framed by The Studio Shop, and the frame was designed by an interior designer and placed it in the Sunset Magazine Idea House in Healdsburg in 2012.

Musique Instruments Rennes by Lotti
This poster advertises the proud brand of Bossard -Bonnel in Rennes, France and was created in the Deco period. Occasionally, you can find this piece with a banner on the bottom announcing that the store was founded in 1820 and that they are celebrating their centennial. Ours does not include the banner. Framed with a cherry wood moulding with a rounded profile which suggests the rounded arc of a grand piano.

Geisweiler by Marton
This stunning Art Deco design is really effective from afar. The bottle and glass appear to be floating in space, while the silvery ink which borders the poster set off the edges and contain the image. The technique of printing the stippled silver grey was tricky and Marton uses this skill in other posters as well. This example is framed with a wide, classic silver frame and was framed by the Studio Shop in 2009.

Lolita by Roger Soubie
We rarely buy or sell movie posters, but this one is too good to pass up. Like the book, this 1962 film was controversial. The cast includes Shelly Winters, Peter Sellers and James Mason. Roger Soubie was an important illustrator of travel posters in the 1920s and 1930s, and created some very famous posters for Chamonix Mt. Blanc. This example is framed with a flat-profile wide silver moulding. The profile of the frame echoes the lettering on the poster, and the mottled silver tone of the frame picks up on the texture of the stone lithography. Bonus! This poster used to hang in the bar of the famous Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco.

Squelette des Oiseaux
This piece is from a series of teaching posters which were created around the turn of the century, and were printed by Champenois, the atelier which printed the fine posters of Alphonse Mucha. Educational charts became common in the 1800’s because the industrial revolution had created a new middle class, more children went to school and classroom size increased. These charts needed to be large in scale and bold in color so they could be seen from any seat in the classroom. Framed by North Berkeley Framing.

Fine Armagnac by Eugene Oge 
Oge was a beloved Belle Epoque posterist who worked for atelier Charles Verneau for many years. Oge’s figures are caricature like- their facial expressions and gestures exaggerated- which means they translate emotion beautifully, an effective method in poster art. In this poster, two safe crackers are surprised when they open a safe and find Armagnac. The translation is “Nuts, there is no dough, but there is Armagnac, a true treasure”. This piece was framed by North Berkeley Framing and displayed in a law firm in San Francisco for many years.

Pelican Cigarettes by Charles Yray
A proud pelican casts a reverse shadow on the bright green wall behind him in this happy Art Deco Poster. The pelican wears a big smile, and eyelashes! The poster is embellished with silver ink in the outlines and was printed in France, circa 1925. Framed in a black frame with a dot pattern.A proud pelican casts a reverse shadow on the bright green wall behind him in this happy Art Deco Poster. The pelican wears a big smile, and eyelashes! The poster is embellished with silver ink in the outlines and was printed in France, circa 1925. Framed in a black frame with a dot pattern.

La Bouille Soleil
Winemakers, you will hold the trump card when you use our product! This poster advertises a ‘boullie’ or mixture which would fertilize grapes and protect them from mildew and black rot. The French grape crop had been nearly wiped out by phylloxera in the 19th century, and there was subsequently great demand for products like this. Framed with a simple orange moulding.

Carducci and Herman by David Lance Goines
A pleasing and natural design by master printmaker David Lance Goines which was created in 1981. The narrow shape of the poster emphasizes the length of the shovel. Poster is beautifully framed with a small inset of green mat covered with a wide grey mat and a frame which suggests the bark of a tree. Framed by the Studio Shop.

Domaine Chandon by David Lance Goines
A seductive nymph crowned with grape leaves hugs an abundant bunch of grapes to her chest and smiles. The model for this poster is a young Sophie Goines. Framed with a beautiful wooden ‘tinta negra’ frame with decorative pin markings by the Studio Shop.

Tentoostelling by Richard R. Roland Holst
In the style of the Vienna Secession, Holst, who was printmaker and ceramacist advertises an exhibition of prints. The image is of a tree with seeds, and the typestyle is distinctive. This piece is in an exquisite closed-corner frame which has an antiqued gold finish and is ornamented with floral rosettes in the corners. Framed by the Studio Shop.

Credit Nationale by Rene Lelong
After World War I, France set out to rebuild. The country, it’s population and it’s culture, all of which had been dealt a heavy blow as most of the battles were fought on French soil. This poster advertises a Reconstruction Bond, and features Marianne, France’s allegorical symbol in strong swords to ploughshares pose. Framed by Artscapes Framing.

Prestito Nationale by Mario Borgoni
Mario Borgoni was a gifted Italian illustrator and draftsman. He worked in the Italian “Liberty” style, also known as Italian Art Nouveau. Later in career, he became the director of the prestigious print house Richter & Cie in Naples. In this image, the soldier is shown in retreat, brandishing his sword as he holds up the tattered Italian flag. This image was used in the Huntington Museum Show about World War I titled “Your Country Calls.” Framed in a triple frame, antiqued gold on the outside, flat walnut and a beaded fillet. Framed by Artscapes Framing.

California Wine Land Poster Original Offset Lithograph Amado Gonzalez Original Wine Poster

“California Wine Land -CA Map” c. 1965, 45 x 33 (inches) $1,400

Wine Land of California Map by Amado Gonzalez
Amado Gonzalez studied with Diego Rivera in Mexico and immigrated to San Francisco where he worked as an illustrator and professor of art at San Francisco City College. In the 1960s he was hired by the Wine Advisory Board to illustrate a cookbook “Cooking with California Wine Makers and create a series of posters promoting California as the “Wine Land of America. The map shows which regions of Calfornia were associated with grape growing at the time. What is missing from the map is the interstate or Highway 5, which was started in 1966. Framed by the Studio Shop.

Do It Right Make It Bite Original Military WWII Original Offset Lithograph

“Do It Right Make It Bite” 1942, 44.75 x 32.75 $1,600

Do It Right Make it Bite
Cecil Beale created this inspiring poster to hang in factories and tell workers to concentrate on efficiency. The plane is meant to inspire a note of urgency- telling the worker that they are on the front line of this important war. Framed by our LA framer Allan Jeffries Framed with a 2 inch maple moulding and a black fillet.

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Framed luggage labels, discounted 50 percent. Click on any image below for details. 

Established 1997 , Vintage European Posters is a Berkeley Based dealer of
Original Advertising Posters.
We offer linen backing, custom framing and a collection of over 2,500 original posters from Europe and the The United States.
Visit Our Showroom at 2201 Fourth Street in Berkeley
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11-5
as well as select weekends and by appointment.

To reach us, please call 510 843 2201 or email vintage posters@vepca.com

Framed Poster Catalogue- Our first Sale EVER!

August 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here is a list and photos of the original advertising posters which we currently have available framed. For the ‘dog days of summer’ and Labor Day Weekend, all of our framed posters are on sale, discounted by 20 percent. Help us clean out the shop and make room for all of the rare new posters we are adding to the collection this month! All frames are sold as is.

Nitrolian Leonetto Cappiello Original poster products

“Nitrolian” 1928,  65.50 x 50   (inches) $7,600

Toni Kola Original poster aperitif Robys

“Toni-Kola” 1935, 85 x 58 (inches) $6,800

“Cognac Monnet” 1927, 88 x 55.50 (inches) $8,800

Toni-Kola by Robys
This poster is a master work of color and design. Robys, who’s real name was Robert Wolff, designed it in 1935, the height of the Art Deco period.  Two rare birds call attention to the brand, and at 78″ x 55″ inches, the viewer on the street would have been stopped in their tracks by this advertisement. RARE! Framed by the Studio Shop in Burlingame.

Nitrolian by Cappiello
Another gem by Italian Art Deco artist Leonetto Cappiello, this image perfectly illustrates the fast drying quality of  Nitrolian paint! Said to be self portrait, depicting Leonetto painting the stairs of his atelier as his wife, Alice walks down them. Framed 20 years ago by Galleria Escolta, this frame should be replaced. Our framed poster sale amounts to an opportunity to buy this rare and valuable poster at a great price!

Cognac Monnet by Cappiello
One of Italian Poster Designer Leonetto Cappiello’s memorable designs, Cognac Monnet was created in 1927 and shows you cognac’s ability to warm with the clever phrase “The Sun in a Glass” under the elegant flapper. This example of the poster is in pristine condition and was framed by our framer in 2011.

Vinos y Conac Original Poster Spanish Art Deco

“Vinos y Conac”   c.1930   $6,800

Favor Shadow 1927 original stone lithograph bicycle motorcycle

“Favor (Shadow)” 1927, 66 x 49 (inches) $4,400

Musique Instruments Rennes Lotti Art Deco Original Stone Lithograph Vintage Poster

“Musique Intruments Rennes” 1925, 69 x 50 (inches) $4,800

Vinos y Coñac attributed to Badia de Vilata
Spanish Art Deco at it’s best. Bacchus and Pan are always men- why do men get to have all of the grape-ey fun? Here is a rare ‘girl’ or woman Bacchus figure, gracefully squeezing grapes from a vine which is woven into her headdress. This poster is framed with a ‘tinta negra’ or ‘built black’ frame with an gold and orange fillet, and set back from the plexiglas with  spacer, in a treatment which highlights the drama of the image. Framed by Artscapes.

Favor Cycles by Jean Pruner
Every poster collector has seen the small 1935 Favor poster with blue figures in a circle, surrounded by red and white stripes. (image)It’s a classic from 1935. This poster is the source material for that image! It’s a French 1 sheet poster, created in 1927 by Jean Pruniere. It is extremely rare. We find turn of the century bicycle posters with greater frequency than we do Art Deco ones! The piece was framed by The Studio Shop, and the frame was designed by an interior designer and placed it in the Sunset Magazine Idea House in Healdsburg in 2012.

Musique Instruments Rennes by Lotti
This poster advertises the proud brand of Bossard -Bonnel in Rennes, France and was created in the deco period. Occasionally, you can find this piece with a banner on the bottom announcing that the store was founded in 1820 and that they are celebrating their centennial. Ours does not include the banner. Framed with a cherry wood moulding with a rounded profile which suggests the rounded arc of a grand piano.

Geisweiler Martin Art Deco Original Stone Lithograph Vintage Poster Beverage Posters

“Geisweiler” 1921,   66.75 x 51   $2,450

“Le Nil” 1912, 54 x 70  $3,650

Lolita Roger Soubie Original Stone Lithograph Entertainment and Media

“Lolita” 1962, 66 x 51.50 $2,800

Geisweiler by Marton
This stunning Art Deco design is really effective from afar. The bottle and glass appear to be floating in space, while the silvery ink which borders the poster set off the edges and contain the image. The technique of printing the stippled silver grey was tricky and Marton uses this skill in other posters as well. This example is framed with a wide, classic silver frame and was framed by the Studio Shop in 2009.

Le Nil by Cappiello
Part of Cappiello’s stable of techniques was the use of single figure, popping boldly out of black backgrounds. Le Nil, which was created in 1912 shows the artist’s versatility. The white elephant is draped in an elegant caftan, and trumpeting the slogan “I only smoke with Le Nil.”

Lolita by Roger Soubie
We rarely buy or sell movie posters, but this one is too good to pass up. Like the book, this 1962 film was controversial. The cast includes Shelly Winters, Peter Sellers and James Mason. Roger Soubie was an important illustrator of travel posters in the 1920s and 1930s, and created some very famous posters for Chamonix Mt. Blanc. This example is framed with a flat-profile wide silver moulding. The profile of the frame echoes the lettering on the poster, and the mottled silver tone of the frame picks up on the texture of the stone lithography. Bonus! This poster used to hang in the bar of the famous Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco.

Squelette Des Oiseaux Original Stone Lithograph French

“Squelette Des Oiseaux” c. 1905,    64 x 44.50 (inches)   $2,100

Fine Armagnac Original Stone Lithograph Art Deco Oge French Advertising French Armagnac

“Fine Armagnac” 1902, 58 x 43 (inches) $2,100

Noveltex Chemises Rene Gruau Mid Century Original Poster French Fashion Menswear

“Noveltex” c. 1960 66 x 49.50 (inches) $3,200

Squelette des Oiseaux
This piece is from a series of teaching posters which were created around the turn of the century, and were printed by Champenois, the atelier which printed the fine posters of Alphonse Mucha. Educational charts became common in the 1800’s  because the industrial revolution had created a new middle class, more children went to school and classroom size increased. These charts needed to be large in scale and bold in color so they could be seen from any seat in the classroom. Framed by North Berkeley Framing.

Fine Armagnac by Eugene Oge Eugene
Oge was a beloved Belle Epoque posterist who worked for atelier Charles Verneau for many years. Oge’s figures are caricature like- their facial expressions and gestures exaggerated- which means they translate emotion beautifully, an effective method in poster art. In this poster, two safe crackers are surprised when they open a safe and find Armagnac. The translation is “Nuts, there is no dough, but there is Armagnac, a true treasure”. This piece was framed by North Berkeley Framing and displayed in a law firm in San Francisco for many years.

Noveltex by Rene Gruau
This poster using a striking color palette and poised gentleman to advertise a luxury linen. Rene Gruau is one of the preeminent fashion illustrators of the 20th century, with a catalogue of work for Dior, Bemberg, The Lido and (other) As a child Gruau attended fashion shows at his mother’s  knee, where he developed a keen eye for fashion and a love of women. Framed with a narrow black frame, set back with a spacer, very sharp frame for a very sharp poster!

Lido Bravissimo Rene Gruau Original French Poster Original Offset Lithograph

“Lido Bravissimo” 1983,   68 x 54.50 (inches)   $1,500

Freia Er Min Chokolade Original Swiss Poster Chocolate Posters Vintage Posters Archival Framing

“Freia” c.1925, 63.25  x 47 (inches)  $1,200

Pelican Cigarettes Original Stone Lithograph French Art Deco Original Posters

“Pelican” c. 1930, 36.50 x 24.50 (inches)   $1,750

Lido Bravissimo by Gruau
The Lido is a glamourous night club and cabaret on Paris’ famed Champs Elysees. Renovated in 1946, the club has been a destination for luxury entertainment ever since. This poster by Rene Gruau features dazzling showgirls and is framed with a pewter moulding and black silk liner. Framed by Artscapes Framing.

Freia Chocolate by A. Cometti This Norweigan chocolate maker startles the viewer with a bold image of a stork who has just delivered a baby, being rewarded with a chocolate bar. The Freia brand still exists and is now owned by Kraft food. The Art Deco poster was printed by prestigious print house Camis in Paris in the 1920s and is framed in a wide, square warm toned wooden moulding. Framed by Voila Gallery in Los Angeles.

Pelican Cigarettes by Charles Yray
A proud pelican casts a reverse shadow on the bright green wall behind him in this happy Art Deco Poster. The pelican wears a big smile, and eyelashes! The poster is embellished with silver ink in the outlines and was printed in France, circa 1925. Framed in a black frame with a dot pattern.

La Bouillie Soleil Original stone lithograph French poster Art Deco

“La Bouille Soleil” c.1930,    32.50 x 24 (inches)    $880

Carducci and Herman Original Poster David Lance Goines Vintage Poster

“Carducci & Herman” 1981, 27 x 17.75 (inches) $950

Domaine Chandon David Lance Goines Original Poster Vintage Posters Wine Posters

“Domaine Chandon” 1996, 27  x  17.50 $780

La Bouille Soleil
Winemakers, you will hold the trump card when you use our product! This poster advertises a ‘boullie’ or mixture which would fertilize grapes and protect them from mildew and black rot. The French grape crop had been nearly wiped out by phylloxera in the 19th century, and there was subsequently great demand for products like this. Framed with a simple orange moulding by our framer.

Carducci and Herman by David Lance Goines
A pleasing and natural design by master printmaker David Lance Goines which was created in 1981. The narrow shape of the poster emphasizes the length of the shovel. Poster is beautifully framed with a small inset of green mat covered with a wide grey mat and a frame which suggests the bark of a tree. Framed by The Studio Shop.

Domaine Chandon by David Lance Goines
A seductive nymph crowned with grape leaves hugs an abundant bunch of grapes to her chest and smiles. The model for this poster is a young Sophie Goines. Framed with a beautiful wooden ‘tinta negra’ frame with decorative pin markings by the Studio Shop.

40 Tentoonstelling Original Stone Lithograph Vintage Posters

“40 Tentoonstelling” 1917,   34 x 28.50 (inches)    $3,400

Credit National Original Posters Military WWI French Poster Stone Lithograph

“Credit National (Marion)” 1920, 50 x 37 (inches) $1,850

Prestito Nazionale Original Stone Lithograph Italian Posters Military WWI

“Prestito Nazionale” c. 1918, 43.50 x 31.75 $1,850

Tentoostelling by Richard R. Roland Holst
In the style of the Vienna Secession, Holst, who was printmaker and ceramacist advertises an exhibition of prints. The image is of a tree with seeds, and the typestyle is distinctive. This piece is in an exquisite closed-corner frame which has an antiqued gold finish and is ornamented with floral rosettes in the corners.

Credit Nationale by Rene Lelong
After World War I, France set out to rebuild. The country, it’s population and it’s culture, all of which had been dealt a heavy blow as most of the battles were fought on French soil. This poster advertises a Reconstruction Bond, and features Marianne, France’s allegorical symbol in strong swords to ploughshares pose.

Prestito Nationale by Mario Borgoni
Mario Borgoni was a gifted Italian illusrtrator and draftsman. He worked in the Italian “Liberty” style, also known as Italian Art Nouveau. Later in career, he became the director of the prestigious print house Richter & C in Naples. In this image, the soldier is shown in retreat, brandishing his sword as he holds up the tattered Italian flag.  This image was used in the Huntington Museum Show about World War I titled “Your Country Calls.” Framed in a triple frame, antiqued gold on the outside, flat walnut and a beaded fillet.

Do It Right Make It Bite Original Military WWII Original Offset Lithograph

“Do It Right Make It Bite” 1942, 44.75 x 32.75 $1,600

Do It Right Make it Bite
Cecil Beale created this inspiring poster to hang in factories and tell workers to concentrate on efficiency. The plane is meant to inspire a note of urgency- telling the worker that they are on the front line of this important war. Framed by our LA framer Allan Jeffries Framing with a 2 inch maple moulding and a black fillet.

California Wine Land Poster Original Offset Lithograph Amado Gonzalez Original Wine Poster

“California Wine Land- Sauterne” c. 1965   33 x 25.50 (inches)   $780

California Wine Land Poster Original Offset Lithograph Amado Gonzalez Original Wine Poster

“California Wine Land -CA Map” c. 1965, 45 x 33 (inches) $1,400

California Wine Land Poster Original Offset Lithograph Amado Gonzalez Original Wine Poster

“California Wine Land-Sherry” c.1965 33 x 25.50 (inches) $780


Wine Land of 
California Map, Sherry and Sauterne by Amado Gonzalez
Amado Gonzalez  studied with Diego Rivera in Mexico and immigrated to San Francisco where he worked as an illustrator  and professor of art at San Francisco City College. In the 1960s he was hired by the Wine Advisory Board to illustrate a cookbook “Cooking with California Wine Makers and create a series of posters promoting California as the “Wine Land of America. The map shows which regions of Calfornia were associated with grape growing at the time. What is missing from the map is the interstate or Highway 5, which was started in 1966.

Alcyon Cycles Original Stone lithograph Bicycle Poster Vintage Poster

“Alcyon” c. 1930, 29 x 20.75 (inches) $1,500

Cognac Jacquet Original Stone Lithograph Spirits Poster French Advertising Poster

“Cognac Jacquet” c. 1905, 50.75 x 67.50 (inches) $2,800

Eden au Lac Zurich Original Swiss Poster Travel Poster

“Eden au Lac Zurich” c.1930, 12.50 x 9.50 (inches) $350

Alexander Original Magician Poster Stone Lithograph

“Alexander” c. 1910, 43.50 x 19.75 $1,450

Grace Line Original Luggage Label

“Grace Line” 13 x 10.50 $480

Original Stone lithograph French Posters

“Paris Grande Saison” 1939, 46 x 31. 50 (inches) $1,250

Bally Blonde Bernard Villemot Original Color Lithograph

“Bally (Blonde)” 1982, 31 x 22 (inches) $950

“I Don’t Care…” 1989, 58.50 x 50.75 (inches) $1,800

Bally Ballerina Pierre Fix-Masseau Original color lithograph Original bally poster

“Bally (Ballerina)” c. 1975 28 x 20.50 (inches) $980

La Loie Fuller Original Cheret poster Original Stone lithograph Original maitre de l'affiche

“La Loie Fuller Maitre Pl. 73” 23.50 x 19.50 (inches) $1,950

Le Pacific Original Stone Lithograph French advertising posters

“Le Pacific” c. 1900 68 x 52 (inches) $3,800

Lex Window card Original Window Card Original Beverage Poster

“Lex” c. 1950 17.25 x 13 (inches) $700

Dehaynin Charbons Cappiello Label Original Stone lithograph

“Dehaynin” 15.75 x 11.50 (inches) $800

Liberte Original travel poster

“Liberte” c. 1955 12 x 8.50 (inches) $460

Cercle Artistique Original maitre Pl. 212

“Cercle Artistique Maitre Pl 212” 1899 20.75 x 17.75 $1,650

Olida Label Original food label Stone lithograph

“Olida Label” 11.50 x 11 (inches) $750

“Parfumerie” c.1895 27.25 x 23 (inches) $3,250

Theodora Maitre Pl. 214 Original Stone lithograph French theater poster

“Theodora Maitre Pl. 214” 1900 20.50 x 16.50 (inches) $1,375

“Pierrot” 13 x 10.50 (inches) $750

“Un Raisa” c.1950 18.75 x 13.50 (inches) $700

“Le Rouge Baiser-Blindfold” c.1949 27 x 22.50 (inches) $1,200

A Trip to China Town Maitre Pl 184

“A Trip to China Town Maitre Pl. 184” 1899 18.50 x 16.50 (inches) $1,200

“United States Lines” 10.50 x 9.75 $480

“US Navy” 13 x 9.75 $420

Original Stone Lithograph Horizontal Poster Magician poster

“Great Chang & Fak Hongs Noe Arc” c. 1920 31 x 44.25 (inches) $1,600

“Nuova Zolforatrice” c. 1900 47 x 36 (inches) $2,100

“Championnat Du Monde 500” 1963 39.50 x 29.50 (inches) $1,350

 
Vintage European Posters, Established 1997 is a Berkeley Based dealer in Original Advertising Posters. We offer linen backing, custom framing and a collection of over 2,500 original posters from Europe and the The United States.
Visit Our Showroom at 2201 Fourth Street in Berkeley, open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11-5
as well as select weekends and by appointment.
Open weekends include August 22-23, 2015 and Labor Day September 5, 6 and 7.
To Reach us, please call 510 843 2201 or email vintage posters@vepca.com

Just Landed- Original Airline Posters

May 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

"United Air Lines New York" by Stan Galli. Offset lithograph, printed c.1955

“United Air Lines New York” by Stan Galli. Offset lithograph, printed c.1955

This just in! We have acquired a collection of 20 stellar airline posters from the 1960’s designed for American Airlines and  United Airlines. Destinations include  Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC,  New York, Boston and more. They were collected by a Chicago businesswoman in the 1950’s and 60’s who made a hobby of visiting travel agencies and asking for posters.  Now retired, she found VEPCA because of our blog post “Travel Posters and the Evolution of Flight.”

This roll of vintage paper is  on the way to our paper conservator. Stay tuned because these gems will hit the table just in time for our run of summer shows. Check out vepca.com for the latest additions to our collection.

Original American Airlines Hawaii Poster by John Fernie. Printed c. 1955

Original American Airlines Hawaii Poster by John Fernie. Printed c. 1955

This post was written by Elizabeth Norris, proprietor  of Vintage European Posters.  Our shop is open this Sunday, May 18th from 11-5 pm. Visit our collection online at vepca.com to see new aquisitions and show schedule. To stay abreast of our news, please sign our mailing list on our website.

See us in the Wine Country at Healdsburg Antiques on the Plaza May 25, 2014

On the Peninsula at Sunset Celebration Weekend May 31- June 1

And in Los Angeles at Dwell on Design June 20-22

 

Otto Nielsen’s Fabulous SAS Posters

August 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Original aviation poster

Original SAS Scandinavia poster by Otto Nielsen printed in 1960

It’s summer, which makes many of us dream of travel. In the 1960’s Otto Nielsen promoted the romance and excitement of faraway lands with his series of posters for the Danish airline SAS. Nielsen was a watercolor painter who when tasked with this graphic challenge, came up with the clever idea of depicting animals traveling two by two to exotic destinations.

Original airline poster for SAS printed circa 1965

Original poster for South America SAS printed circa 1960

In the early SAS posters, you sometimes see the cool oval globe in dense color. The type style is tight, and in some ways suggests the early Pan Am lettering. The type style changes dramatically in a very short period of time. In the mid 60’s, Nielsen employs a looser brush stroke lettering and embraces daring color. The evolution of Otto Nielsen’s style is apparent when looking at a group of his posters side by side. We are pleased to be able to do just that here at VEP as we have just acquired six more SAS posters, bringing our total collection up to 13.

Original South America SAS by Otto Nielsen circa 1965

Original South America poster by Otto Nielsen for SAS printed circa 1965

Our new acquisitions are not yet available on our website. To see them, and all of our new acquisitions, visit us at the 15th Annual Preview Show, August 16th-18th at Grace Street Catering- 4629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland.

Friday 12-8 (Happy Hour 5-8)

Saturday 11-6

Sunday 12-5

Watch for a new blog post  next week for more SAS posters.

Original General Dynamics Posters by Eric Nitsche

April 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

The General Dynamics posters are vibrant works whose designs are unparalleled in the poster world.
Eric Nitsche designed three series of posters for General Dynamics from the years 1955 to 1960.
The first series, created in 1955, was called Atoms for Peace, and consisted of 6 posters. These posters all featured a central image with the words “Atoms for Peace” written in a different language on each poster. Some of the specific themes of the posters were: astrodynamics, hydrodynamics, and electrodynamics.

The images in the middle of the poster are striking, they ask the viewer to think – what is that imagery? What is that showing? The poster below embodies the concept “radiation dynamics,” and it evokes a sense of waves generating from the deep red circle at the top of the poster. The design is simple, yet stunning.

General Dynamics -Atoms for Peace (Arabic)

General Dynamics -Atoms for Peace (Arabic)

Another question we can ask in the year 2013 is: just WHY did they design these posters?

The answer is complex, but one could conjecture that the propaganda was necessary for General Dynamics to promote the peaceful use of atomic energy. Certainly, the history behind the atomic bombs dropped on Japan was fresh in people’s minds even a decade after World War II. People associated atomic energy with a force of mass destruction and tragedy associated with war. The plan for General Dynamics at this time was to change that perception through the creation of these posters that generated a positive association and connection to atomic energy.

Atomic energy was a fast-emerging power source, and General Dynamics displayed the Atoms for Peace posters at the conferences they attended, like the Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in Geneva in 1955. These were important tools in representing General Dynamics’s company, which was founded in 1952. What kinds of products did General Dynamics make? Most notably, they made the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, but some of their other products included medical instruments and rockets.

General Dynamics - Atoms for Peace, Electrodynamics

General Dynamics – Atoms for Peace, Electrodynamics (Sanskrit)

Why were they in different languages? The different languages include: Sanskrit, French, German, Russian, English, Japanese, Arabic. General Dynamics tried to appeal to an international audience; thus, they tailored their poster to be striking visually for all viewers, but to have writing in different languages on each poster.

The second set of Atoms for Peace featured 7 posters, all created in 1956. Some of the others series of posters that General Dynamics created were the Triga series, which promoted a research reactor, and a series that focuses on a variety of products for energy and industry.

The posters offer a look at how a groundbreaking scientific research movement used propaganda. As artwork, the posters have a vibrancy and visual power that makes them eye-catching. I find it interesting that they are a set that is hard to find in full completeness, and I think their rarity adds even more to their mystique.

Vintage European Posters has been lucky to acquire a collection of General Dynamics posters recently, and we invite you to visit us and see for yourself how intriguing these posters really are.

General Dynamics - Atoms for Peace (Japanese)

General Dynamics – Atoms for Peace (Japanese)

Right now, we are exhibiting at LA Modernism with 10 newly aquired General Dynamics posters.  When we get back to the shop in Berkeley next week, we will photograph them, catalogue them, and upload them to our website, so stay tuned for new acquisitions!

This post was written by Karlie Drutz, Vintage European Posters special projects coordinator,
and edited by Elizabeth Norris, owner of Vintage European Posters.

You can visit our showroom at 2201 Fourth Street in Berkeley on Tuesdays and by appointment.
Call us at 510 843 2201 to schedule an appointment.

Our next pop up open weekend is May 18-19 2013. You can see our collection at www.vepca.com

A New Collection of Summer Posters “Jeunesse au Plein Air”

September 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

Everybody’s just getting back into school mode, so naturally here at VEP we are dreaming of our next vacation! This charming series of posters was issued by the Federation of Secular Workers in France in 1951, encouraging parents to send their children to summer camp.  All of the posters in the series were designed by Herve Morvan, one of the post war poster artists.  Morvan also made posters for Air France, Billecart Champagne, Evian Water, and Bendix appliances.

Whether advocating a day out in the sunshine, jeunesse au plein air, vintage european poster, antique poster

or a trip to the park to feed the ducks, Jeunesse au Plein Air, vintage european poster, antique poster

these posters make it clear that the “key” to a happy childhood, is a summer spent at camp! Jeunesse au Plein Air, vintage european poster, antique poster

Is summer really over already?

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This post was co-written by Emily Jackson, UC Berkeley Art History Student and Gallery Assistant
Edited by Elizabeth Norris, Owner, Vintage European Posters www.vepca.com

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