Archive | January 2014

Year of the Horse 2014

Kung Hei Fat Choy!AntikBar would like to wish everyone a very Happy Chinese New Year and, especially for those bright, energetic, kind and intelligent of you born in the Year of the Horse, here are some of our original vintage posters featuring these fine animals:


Goodyear Soles - Carousel, 1950s  PA0202_1_m


PA0614_1_m  PT0378_1_m

Horse Racing The New York Times, 1930s

PS0054_1_m  PA0066_1_m


PA0472_1_m  PA0473_1_m


Munich Olympics  PW0077_1_m

PS0391_1_m  PA0827_1_m


PS0036_1_m  PA0698_1_m

PS0339_1_m  PA0364_1_m

PA0254_1_m  PS0362_1_m


PT0574_1_m  PA0703_1_m

PT0530_1_m  PT0523_1_m


PS0352_1_m  PA0614_1_m

PW0143_1_m  PA0784_1_m

PP0300_1_m (1)  We also stock a small selection of antique prints and reproduction posters, some of which also feature horses:

MV0056_1_m  PM0065_1_m


RP0009_1_m  RP0006_1_m

UPDATE – Sunday 2nd February: Celebrate Chinese New Year in Chinatown today by London Underground with original poster art! Browse our selection at


Please visit our website at to browse all our original vintage posters and for more information. You can also follow us on:


AntikBar is a Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers’ Association (IVPDA), the London Art Deco Society (LADS) and The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA).


Announcement: Linen Backing and Poster Restoration Services


AntikBar is pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Poster Mountain, the world’s premier vintage poster and fine art conservation and restoration studio, to offer linen backing and restoration services. Please visit our Poster Restoration page or contact us if you would like any further information.

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Linen backing and restoring vintage posters using acid-free and reversible methods will preserve and protect these works of art, making them more durable and smoothing out minor paper folds and creases. Further restoration may be required for water staining, paper loss, mildew, colour fading etc. to bring a poster back to its original glory.

Poster Mountain’s exceptional restoration services will ensure your poster’s long-term monetary stability and aesthetic qualities. Based in California, USA, their international client base includes The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) – the Margaret Herrick Library Graphic Arts Collection, MGM Studios, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Studios, art galleries, dealers and private collectors.

Restoration_before   Restoration_after

Please visit our Poster Restoration page or contact us if you would like any further information.

AntikBar is a London based online gallery specialising in original vintage posters. We offer worldwide shipping, collection advice, consultancy and search on demand services for collectors, individual clients and interior designers. We attend various events throughout the year, listed on our News & Events page; we are currently participating in the Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen exhibition at GRAD London until 29th March and we will be at the Winter Decorative Fair from 21st to 26th January.

Please visit our website at for more information. You can also follow us on:


AntikBar is a Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers’ Association (IVPDA), the London Art Deco Society (LADS) and The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA).

Spotlight on Mathieu and Dali – The Abstract and The Surreal

These colourful abstract Air France travel advertising posters by French artist, Georges Mathieu, and these ever-surreal fantastic posters for the French National Railways (SNCF) by Spanish artist, Salvador Dali, listed at are still as bright and inspiring enough as they were in the 1950s-70s for some holiday dreaming today:

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Although he never received a formal art education, Georges Mathieu (1921-1912) became a notable French artist through his distinctive compositions using striking colours and lines to create stylish abstract masterpieces (the French equivalent of Abstract Expressionism also known as Lyrical Abstraction, Tachisme or Art Informel). These posters were commissioned by Air France during the 1960s-70s.

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PS0131_1_m   PS0132_1_m

The prominent Spanish artist, Salvador Dali (1904-1989), was commissioned by SNCF to produce at series of advertising posters published in 1970. These artworks feature butterflies, one of the animals he used in his surreal paintings to signify transformation, from the Greek ‘psyche’ meaning butterfly but also – and perhaps more importantly for Dali – soul.

PA0624_1_m   PT0428_1_m

PT0431_1_m   PT0426_1_m

Dali’s personality was as bizarre and eccentric as his artwork, most notably in his up-turned moustache and attention-seeking antics. He was also a great sculptor, architect, movie maker and theatre scenery designer. The depth of his imagination can clearly be seen in these posters advertising train travel to popular destinations in France.

PT0430_1_m   PT0429_1_m

To browse all our original vintage posters, including our upcoming News & Events and Latest Products pages, please visit our website at You can also follow us on:


AntikBar is a Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers’ Association (IVPDA), the London Art Deco Society (LADS) and The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA).

Event: Winter Decorative Fair, 21-26 January 2014


London’s most popular decorative event held three times a year (Winter, Spring and Autumn) at The Evolution Marquee in leafy Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ. AntikBar will be participating again by the hall entrance at Stand 138 and we look forward to seeing you. Contact us to join our mailing list for free entry e-tickets; a link will be available on this page nearer the time with further information (visit the News & Events page for articles and reviews on previous Decorative Fairs and our Facebook page for updates on some of the wonderful objects on show during the week).

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 21st; 11am-8pm on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd; 11am-7pm on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th; 11am-6pm on Sunday 26th. Contact us if you would like to join our mailing list for free entry e-tickets. A free shuttle bus will run between Sloane Square and Battersea Park. Full information at:

UPDATE (21-26 January): The 2014 Winter Decorative Fair is in full swing with some great objects on show: here are some of the more unique, funky and fabulous items we’ve spotted, along with stories on some of our posters and their new homes. We look forward to seeing you!

PW0061_1_m  This stunning original 1944 poster was bought by a couple who got married at St Paul’s and we’re delighted it found such a great new home! (“The Proud City – A new view of St Paul’s Cathedral from Bread Street” issued by London Underground during World War Two.)

boywithball  We loved this boy playing with a ball – such a fun piece, full of character and youthful innocence!

kangaroo  We all know a home isn’t complete without a life-size kangaroo…what a fantastic statement piece!

cardholder  This little critter’s not for sale; he’s just doing his job as an unusual but handy card holder on a neighbouring stand!

ejectorseat  Ideal for the office, especially for boring meetings and when a quick escape is required: an ejection seat!

coatstand  This coat stand caught our eye as being both practical and effortlessly stylish!

PT0209_1_m  This fantastic Hong Kong Fly TWA poster by David Klein was bought by a lady who noticed it on our recent blog post as it’s where she and her husband went on honeymoon; another poster that has clearly found a good new home full of love this week! (Link to blog post:

ships  Sail away, sail away, sail away…these ships caught our eye before opening yesterday: what a collection!

hatstand  This elegant hat and coat stand sold pretty quickly but it still drew a lot of attention at our neighbour’s stand!

PS0191_1_m  A perfect new home has been found for this young girl – she’s going back to the ski slopes to a family holiday chalet in Austria!

children  Ahhh, this pair caught our eye as being so sweet and just a little bit retro chic…!

skis  A pair of wooden skis for the Winter Olympics display that would also look great in a modern chalet!

record  We love these pieces of creative music artwork: this Mick Jagger one gets our satisfaction…!

light  Thunderbolt and lightning…this colourful and dynamic wall light really is quite spectacular!

PA0219_1_m  One of a series of five Art Deco advertising posters (precision, economy, comfort, ease of use, elegance), this beautiful and rare set caught the eye and heart of its new owner, who just couldn’t resist their classic 1934 style!

unknown  This is one of a pair of very heavy and well made metal objects leaning against the wall that make a good (and decorative) talking point but nobody knows what they are…if you know for sure what they are, please let us know – we’re intrigued!

mirror  This very elaborate and unusual George I mirror shows incredible workmanship and looked great as part of the Jane Austin themed foyer display!

hand  Ideal for anyone needing a big helping hand…!

PA0543_1_m  “Here comes the sun…” our George Harrison poster found a new home with a Beatles fan proving that Beatlemania is still going strong!

We may not be an art fair… but…

Further to my last post about how good the Decorative Fair is for art – fine art, 20th Century prints & originals, and so forth, I came across these two images side by side, which I think helps to illustrate the width and breadth pretty efficiently! As seen at the last fair. 

 From Alston & Ashton is an Italian watercolour of a Mother and Child, set in an original, deep gilded frame. 18th century. Priced at £850.

rare vintage advertising poster ref decorative antiques fair From Antikbar is a rare Spanish, original vintage advertising poster with constructivist graphics – Fira Comercial de Mataro 1933. Designed by Mach/Gravat i impres per Imperas Minerva Mataro. Very good condition, folded as issued, repaired tears. Size 61x45cm. Priced at £750.

To read the full article, visit (“More on Art at the Decorative Fair” 4th November 2013). 

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: As a regular exhibitor, AntikBar will be participating at all the Decorative Fairs during 2014. Visit our News & Events page for more information on upcoming fairs and events. You can also follow us on:


AntikBar is a Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers’ Association (IVPDA), the London Art Deco Society (LADS) and The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA).

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