Archive | April 2012

An Exhibition of Vintage Posters, Knightsbridge, London

  CURRENT EVENT, 28th March – 6th May 2012:

AntikBar and Patisserie Valerie are hosting An Exhibition of Vintage Posters from 28th March to 6th May at 215 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 2EJ. Open every day from 7:30am to 8pm.

AntikBar will be displaying a selection of stunning original vintage travel posters from around the world. These posters were created to advertise a particular country, destination or resort and they invoke a charming sense of adventure and memories of days gone by through their stylish designs.

Patisserie Valerie is a haven of self-indulgence, located between the Victoria & Albert Museum and Harrods, offering a sumptuous selection of hand-made cakes, pastries, gelato (Italian ice cream) and confectionery, the finest teas and coffees, continental breakfasts and lunches. Special Offer: mention the codeword “poster” to receive a 10% discount off the menu during the exhibition dates.

Visit for more information.

Here’s a little taster of what’s on offer as you journey round the world while enjoying a fresh pastry and coffee:


The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Park

  UPCOMING EVENT, 24th – 29th April 2012:

London’s most popular decorative event held three times a year at The Marquee in leafy Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ. AntikBar will be participating again at the hall entrance; Stand Number 137. We look forward to seeing you.

The Fair is fun, fashionable and its worldwide reputation, established over 25 years, entices international trade and retail buyers, interior designers and private customers seeking unique and unusual furnishings and quirky accessories for decorating schemes.

Opening hours: 12noon-8pm on Tuesday 24th; 11am-8pm on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th; 11am-7pm on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th; 11am-6pm on Sunday 29th. Contact us in advance if you would like a free entry ticket for two. A free shuttle bus will run between Sloane Square and Battersea Park.

For more information, visit

Here are some posters that will be featured at the AntikBar stand:


Spring Fair Special: almost all the posters listed at will be available to view by catalogue and purchase at the Fair with framing and delivery included.

P.S. AntikBar’s “Best of British” wall is featured in The House Mag‘s review of The Decorative Fair. Visit the News & Events page for more information on posters, features and articles. (Also join AntikBar on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for Poster of the Day tweets/pins, new Boards and image uploads, links to event invitations and more news and events information.)

About Us


AntikBar is the London gallery specialising in original vintage posters from around the world: travel, advertising, sport, cinema, war, propaganda. We offer worldwide delivery, collection advice, consultancy and search on demand services for collectors, individual clients, interior designers, museums and other institutions, as well as linen backing and poster restoration services with our partners at Poster Mountain in California. Visit our books website for our collection of books and ephemera primarily from the 1920s-1930s. We take part in various events during the year and host regular poster auctions, exhibitions and other events at our gallery.

AntikBar is a Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association (IVPDA), UK Posters Network and the Association of Art and Antique Dealers (LAPADA).

AntikBar Gallery: 404 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LJ
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About Us

KKalininPhotoKirill Kalinin, Founder of AntikBar: “My interest in original vintage poster art and graphic design started in 1993 when I saw an exhibition poster for The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde 1915-1932 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The boldness and sheer visual impact of the image, the composition and bold, bright colours made a lasting impression on me and I decided to look into acquiring some works from that period. After several years of collecting, I founded AntikBar as an online gallery in 2010. Due to increasing demand from clients wishing to view our posters between fairs, we opened our gallery on the King’s Road in 2016.”

Posters are a true form of art with a purpose as they were designed to deliver a particular message through striking designs. These original vintage posters were created to grab the attention of passers-by, presenting artists with the challenge of condensing the message or a concept into a precise, short visual and written form in a single artwork. They are important items of social history that capture the essence of the time they were printed. Original vintage posters are recognised as a sound art investment that can be enjoyed every day.

Posters were elevated to an art form by French artists at the end of the 19th century. Struggling to make living, they supplemented their income by designing posters. The standards set by the French poster designers raised the bar for other countries and led to a wider acceptance of this media by the art community. Being very topical, posters absorbed and reflected the prevailing and changing art styles and fashions at a rapid pace and became part of the avant-garde art movement.

Practically all of the posters found on our website are lithographs. This is a method of printing that involves carving each colour of the image onto a piece of stone. The poster sheet is then imprinted consecutively with a stone slab for each colour, creating a stunning and rich image. With the exception of silk printing, I believe that other printing techniques do not deliver the same impact of colour as lithography.

Please contact us if you would like some more information and collection advice. We also give talks and have produced an “Introduction to Collecting Posters” booklet, which is available at our gallery and online.


For more information, please visit our website at
or visit us at our gallery: AntikBar – Original Vintage Posters, 404 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LJ


Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm / closed on Sundays and bank holidays (please click here for more information, including a virtual tour of our gallery and any upcoming holiday closure dates)

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