→ This auction has now ended. Our provisional auction dates are given below and on our website at www.AntikBar.co.uk/AntikBar-Auctions with links to register for our auctions online. Information on our next auction will be posted on this blog page nearer the time.
Provisional Dates (to be confirmed):
7 April, 30 June, 10 November
Live Auctioneers: https://new.liveauctioneers.com/auctioneer/3087/antikbar
The Saleroom: https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/antikbar
Saturday 27 January – Don’t miss our next original vintage poster auction featuring a collection of World War Two posters by Fougasse in addition to a wide variety of over 300 original vintage posters from around the world including travel, advertising, cinema, sport, war and propaganda. New and experienced collectors and dealers will benefit from our low starting prices with no reserves.
View our catalogue and register to bid online via:
Live Auctioneers – www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/113997_original-vintage-posters-incl-fougasse-wwii
The Saleroom – www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/antikbar/catalogue-id-antikb10009
Invaluable – https://www.invaluable.com/catalog/nsrgzf5k2y
This live online auction will start at 3pm (UK time) on Saturday 27 January. The auction preview will be open at our gallery from Wednesday 24 January to 12noon on Saturday 27 January.
Lot of the Day
In The News
“Second World War posters by the renowned British cartoonist and illustrator Cyril Kenneth Bird (1887-1965) feature in a sale of posters at Antikbar in London on January 27. Known by his pen name ‘Fougasse’, the artist famously designed humorous and effective propaganda posters while working unpaid for the Ministry of Information during the war…” Previews (p24) in the Antiques Trade Gazette (Issue 2325, 20 January 2018)
“Interesting online auction at the end of the month from UK pioneers AntikBar. Some nice stuff there and one in particular that I can’t let pass without mention. A food based car rally: how good does that sound? And it’s designed appropriately by Geo. Ham” 365PosterBlog review (8/1/18)
Visit our website at www.AntikBar.co.uk to view all our original vintage posters from around the world (cinema, travel, advertising, sport, war, propaganda), available online with worldwide delivery, or visit us at our gallery:
AntikBar – Original Vintage Posters
404 King’s Road, London SW10 0LJ
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AntikBar is a Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers’ Association (IVPDA), UK Posters Network, London Art Deco Society (LADS) and The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA).
The notable British cartoonist and poster designer, Fougasse, is most well known for the propaganda posters he produced during World War Two, in particular, his “Careless Talk Costs Lives” public information posters.
Born in 1887, Cyril Kenneth Bird was educated in London and joined the Royal Engineers after obtaining a BSc in Civil Engineering at Kings College London in 1908, during which time he also attended evening art classes. In 1914 he married the watercolour artist, Mary Holden Caldwell. He reached the rank of Lieutenant in World War One but sustained serious back injuries at Gallipoli in 1915 and was subsequently invalided out of the British Army. Unable to walk for three years, he continued his art classes while recuperating and began contributing cartoons to Punch, Tatler and other British journals, magazines and books. As the signature Bird was already being used by another artist, his sharp wit resulted in his adoption of the name Fougasse, a type of unpredictable mine “that might or might not hit the mark.”
Fougasse’s popularity grew during the 1920s and 1930s. His distinctive style earned him commissions to design posters for the London Underground and London Transport from 1925-1944 and, from 1937-1949, he was the Art Editor of Punch. During World War Two, he volunteered his time to the Ministry of Information to produce propaganda posters, believing that humour could effectively deliver their messages to the public. For his unpaid artistic contributions to the government and charities, he was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1946. He taught Sunday School at Sloane Square Church during the 1950s and continued to work as an illustrator until his retirement in 1953. Fougasse – Cyril Kenneth Bird – died in London in 1965, aged 77.
Here are a few of our original vintage posters by Fougasse (click on the images for more information and visit our website at www.AntikBar.co.uk to browse our current stock):
Visit our website at www.antikbar.co.uk to browse all our original vintage posters, including more war and propaganda posters from around the world. For more updates, 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).