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Event: LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, Berkeley Square, London

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AntikBar will be exhibiting at Stand C6 the annual LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square, London, from Tuesday 13th to Sunday 18th September (see below for opening hours and ticket information, including the Collectors’ Preview on Monday 12th).

Please let us know if you would like a complimentary invitation to visit us at this event (limited availability). Our gallery is located at 404 King’s Road, London SW10 0LJ (click here for our opening hours and more information).

About the Fair:
“Since its inception in 2009, the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair has grown to become a foremost international showcase for art and antiques, as well as one of the most prestigious events on the London social calendar. It’s one of only two yearly events to grace the beautiful Berkeley Square. At the heart of the modern, cosmopolitan city yet steeped in historical resonance, the location could not be more fitting.

100 exhibitors present work from across the art, antiques, design and decorative arts spectrum. Including jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art, authenticity is assured thanks to a 70-member specialist committee pre-vetting everything on sale. With prices ranging from £500 to £500,000 and above, sought-after pieces appeal to both the established collector and first-time buyer alike.

A unique stage that welcomes visitors from across the world, the fair blends eclecticism, artistry and hospitality in perfect measure. An esteemed occasion, and a door to an intriguing world.”

“LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers) is the largest society of professional art and antiques dealers in the UK. It is a trusted resource for private collectors and the art & antiques trade in the UK and 16 other countries around the world. Established in 1974 it boasts 600 worldwide members, who are experts in their fields, with specialities ranging from fine art, jewellery and furniture to contemporary works, sculpture and ceramics.”

Opening Hours & Tickets:
Monday 12 – Collectors’ Preview (by invitation only), 3pm to 9pm
Tuesday 13 – 11am to 8pm
Wednesday 14 – 11am to 5:30pm
Thursday 15 – 11am to 8pm
Friday 16 – 11am to 8pm
Saturday 17 – 11am to 7pm
Sunday 18 – 11am to 5pm

If you would like to receive an invitation to the Fair and/or Collectors’ Preview (limited availability), and to join our emailing list, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you at the Fair.

For more information on this event and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit the LAPADA Fair website at www.lapadalondon.com.

PA1184_1_m  Our “collection of striking designs” featured by Billionaire.com in their list of top 10 dealers to visit at the 2016 LAPADA Fair: “From aeronautica to aboriginal art, Billionaire profiles 10 dealer booths that you shouldn’t miss…”

PS0549_1_m  Sporting Antiques Fit For A Gentleman – our vintage sport posters featured by Gentleman’s Journal: “For people with a passion for sport, posters featuring historical achievements and past events are a great way to decorate and provide for further appreciation…”

harpers-bazaar-us  “Modern Vintage: collectible art deco treasures available at LAPADA” by Harper’s Bazaar US featuring one of our original vintage Imperial Airways (1932) posters and one of our Cunard White Star Line (1937) posters.

pa1198_1_m  Harper’s Bazaar UK featured AntikBar as the “Best for vintage posters – …the vintage posters on sale at this Chelsea-based dealer are diverse in their subject matter, but all equally wonderful curiosities.”

antiquestradegazette  Our original vintage 1930s Austria for Winter Sports skiing poster featured by the Antique Trade Gazette (with our Stand C6 exhibitor listing insert featuring Buy British 1930s and Paris Olympics 1924)

telegraph Our original vintage 1932 Bugatti poster featured by The Telegraph in their Luxury Design slideshow of this year’s LAPADA Fair highlights “showcasing the best in art and antiques…”

houseandgarden  “20 Beautiful Finds at LAPADA 2016” by House and Garden features two of our original vintage Art Deco posters from the 1920s and 1930s

ChineseNewsVideo.jpg  Our original vintage “nostalgic era” posters at the LAPADA Fair featured by CNC Xinhua Network TV China (click the image to watch the video)…

newchinatv  …with their news review in English featuring AntikBar (click the image to watch the video)

collecting-postersSneak Peek: our new guide to collecting original vintage posters will be available from our Stand C6 at the LAPADA Fair. This guide includes a brief history of posters, printing techniques, investing in posters, how to spot an original from a fake, some of the main poster subjects, design styles and notable artists.
[Save the Date: this guide will also be available at our next Introduction to Collecting Posters talk on 5 October.]


setup  Set up in progress…

tuewed  Mid-week browse… 


Visit our website to view our whole collection of original vintage posters and graphic design. For more updates, follow us on:

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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).


Russian Constructivist Design – AntikBar Auction, 28 March 2015


AntikBarOnlineAuctions  We will be hosting an online auction of Russian Constructivist Design on Saturday 28th March, starting at 9am PT / 4pm UK.

This specialised auction of original vintage posters, books, magazines and graphic design by the masters of Soviet Constructivism – Rodchenko, the Stenberg Brothers, Lissitsky, Klutsis and others – includes:

 Dobrolet Enamel Pin Badge 1923

RusCon_8March   RusCon_Kto
Women’s Journal 1929                     Kamerny Theatre 1924

RusCon_ConstitUSSR   RusCon_FlyingSledges
Constitution of the USSR 1937         Flying Sledges 1933

Alisa Koonen 1930

RusCon_FlyingProletariat   RusCon_1924Kino
Flying Proletariat 1925                  Kino Week 1924      

RusCon_AllCitizens   RusCon_Robot
All Citizens 1925                                Death of Sensation 1935

Fallen Leaders 1927

RusCon_SeeUSSR  RusCon_MessMend1
See USSR 1930s                                Mess Mend 1924

RusCon_Olympiad  RusCon_60mph
1st Art Olympiad 1930                 Dangerous Business 1925

Turandot 1923  

RusCon_ConstitUSSR   RusCon_Rost1932
Illustrated Newspaper 1939              Rost 1932

Please click here to view our full catalogue and register to bid (please note that more items may be added up to the auction date). We offer worldwide shipping using either UPS or Royal Mail.

Spartakiada Tennis 1928 


Visit our website at http://www.antikbar.co.uk/ to browse all our original vintage posters. For more updates (including slideshows and daily tweets/pins in the lead up to the auction), follow us on:

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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).



Travel Back in Time: Come Fly With Me

PA0495_1_m  The romantic notion and thrill of travelling by plane may be over for most of us but the allure is captured in many of the old advertising posters. This “then and now” look at air travel compares the messages and styles of some of our original vintage airline posters with some from the same companies today to show how print-based advertising has changed over the years.

American-6  “The legend is back” – to evoke a feeling of nostalgia, American Airlines recently launched an advertising campaign using well-known celebrities from the 1950s and today:


American-3  American-4

…compared with these posters advertising travel to Paris (1950s) and Australia (1970s) by American Airlines:

PT0294_1_m  PT0152_1_m

The messages are clear – this trend of combining a look to the past as well as future hope can been seen in United’s return to its “fly the friendly skies” slogan, Aeroflot’s upgrade to glamour through its ranking as “Europe’s most elegant cabin crew” in 2013 and LOT’s recent campaign as “the most modern airline in Europe”:


PS0010_1_m (1960s)



PA0434_1_m  (1950s)

…from this amusing cartoon style ad, “if only I flew by LOT” (1958), to this striking image and bold statement:

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Meanwhile, SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System) and KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) have shifted up a couple of technological notches from more traditional art and photography during the 1950s and 1960s to embrace today’s digital age:

SAStravel-point-and-fly-600-98836 (2012)

SASairline-company-wider-seats-small-94507 (2002)

PT0238_1_m  PT0533_1_m

PA0669_1_m  PT0535_1_m

KLMair-france-klm-advert-large  (2011)

KLMad100full  (2002)

PT0363_1_m  PT0364_1_m

“The Gay Gateway” – active both on social media and as a supporter of the LGBT community, KLM created an online game in 2014 that offered players a chance to win two economy comfort flights. In 2010 their play-to-win campaign offered flights to “the world’s proudest festivals” as part of its sponsorship of Sweden’s Stockholm Gay Life Award. Turn back the clock half a century to perhaps a different meaning and we have an SAS stewardess serving customers Copenhagen, Europe’s Gay Gateway, on a dish:



Major events have also been used to entice people to show their support of their country by flying with their national carrier. The recent Summer Olympics in London (2012) and Winter Olympics in Sochi (2014) brought us some creative advertising posters from companies such as KLM and Austrian Airlines that contrast, for example, with this more traditional mid-century artistic depiction of Paris:

AustrianAnna Netrebko Austrian Airlines

PT0296_1_m  (1960s)

Sign of the times – you may be wondering by now why we’ve chosen only a small selection of airlines when we’ve got some great BOAC, Swissair, TWA etc. posters listed on our website. This is because we’ve remained focused on airlines that are still in existence today for a more direct comparison. However, we feel we can make an exception for Dobrolet, a Russian airline founded in 1923 that was consolidated with other Soviet aviation organisations to become Aeroflot in 1932. Earlier this year, the company was relaunched as Aeroflot’s low-cost carrier but a notice on their website currently states that their flights are currently suspended due to recent EU sanctions:




Please visit our website at www.antikbar.co.uk to browse all our original vintage posters from around the world. For more updates, news and slideshows, follow us on:

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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).












Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen

NOTE: AntikBar is running a Caption Competition a week before the end of this exhibition, from 15-22 March. The winner will be contacted after the draw on Saturday 22nd March and sent a copy of the exhibition catalogue. Click here for details on how to enter. Good luck!


GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design in collaboration with AntikBar is pleased to present “Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen” from 17 January to 29 March. As the UK/Russia Year of Culture begins, this exciting exhibition examines the golden age of Soviet film posters and is co-curated by Elena Sudakova, director of GRAD, and film critic and art historian Lutz Becker.

The 1920s saw the advent of new and radical graphic design created to advertise silent films across the Soviet Union. Film posters of this era have become masterpieces in their own right, produced at a time when innovative on-screen techniques were being incorporated into the design of advertisements. Over 30 works by Aleksandr Rodchenko, the brothers Georgii and Vladimir Stenberg, Yakov Ruklevsky, Aleksandr Naumov, Mikhail Dlugach and Nikolai Prusakov, will be on display.


During the mid- to late-1920s cinema flourished in the Soviet Union. A relatively new art form, film matched the revolutionary ethos of an emerging generation of artists for whom fine art was deemed bourgeois. The advantages of using film as a propaganda tool for the largely illiterate masses were not lost on the government, who supported the burgeoning film industry. A state-controlled organisation, Sovkino, managed the distribution of foreign films, including those from the US which were very popular; profits were used to subsidise domestic film production. These Soviet films soon gained an international reputation through feature-length masterworks such as Battleship Potemkin.

Under the umbrella of Sovkino, Reklam Film was the department that controlled the production of film posters across the USSR and at its helm was designer Yakov Ruklevsky, who engaged a number of talented young artists. They created a whole new visual vocabulary for film posters, both foreign and domestic, incorporating the practices they saw on-screen. As the films were black and white, the designers employed their artistic licence to great effect, using vivid colour blocking and dynamic typographical experiments to capture the essence of each production, sometimes without having even seen it. The result is a body of work which is both powerful and enduring.

Aleksandr Naumov, Oil, 1927 courtesy GRAD and Antikbar

To accompany the exhibition GRAD will host screenings to showcase the innovative techniques employed by the poster artists and film-makers of this era. Excerpts of seminal films Battleship PotemkinOctober and the ground-breaking documentary, The Man with the Movie Camera, will highlight the symbiotic relationship between the pioneering vision of directors such as Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov and the output of the poster artists engaged to promote them. Techniques such as cinematic montage, repetition, asymmetric viewpoints and dramatic foreshortenings were used in the creation of both the films and the posters, leading to the appearance of a distinctive and highly influential body of design. Mass produced during the 1920s, the posters were made for one use only and few originals survive.

The exhibition at GRAD is a rare opportunity to see these seminal works, many of which have not been exhibited in the UK before – for more information, please visit the GRAD website. Address: 3-4a Little Portland Street, London W1W 7JB. Open: Tue-Fri 11am to 7pm, Sat 11am to 5pm.

For those unable to make it to the exhibition, here are some links to clips on YouTube that might be of interest:

Panel Discussion with co-curators Elena Sudakova and Lutz Becker, Dr. Paul Rennie (Central St Martins), Isabel Stevens (BFI) and Dr Philip Cavendish (UCL) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpodmMO3mSY&feature=youtu.be

A Curator Talks series hosted by Lutz Becker on:
“October” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3u05dwbY_c&feature=youtu.be
“Chess Fever” and “The Three Million Case” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW5M0RQ_B4E
“The End of St Petersburg” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XllKj8Ox-bU
“Man With A Movie Camera” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3wfzOCZYXA
“Storm Over Asia” and “Turksib” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCa_c0novI0

The audio guide for some of the movie posters displayed is now also available at https://soundcloud.com/grad-london and visitors to the exhibition will be able to access this via their smart phones using the Blippar app. For more information, visit Art Daily for a review of the Blippar app being used at GRAD to enhance visitors’ experience to the exhibition (and those unable to make it).

Visit the News & Events page on our website for reviews and listings information, such as this review by Adrian Yekkes:

“Stepping inside, I found myself in a world of striking, bold, colourful images from the 1920’s as I viewed the 30 posters that constitute the current exhibition – Kino/ Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen… pioneering designs, using strong colour blocking and experimenting with typography to communicate the message of each film. This contrasts with the films themselves which were of course silent and made in black and white. This period of Soviet cinema…also saw the development of techniques such as cinematic montage, repetition, asymmetric viewpoints and dramatic fore shortenings. These techniques were used in producing both the films and posters. The posters were designed for one use only and once the film had been shown, the vast majority were disposed of. Very few remain which makes the current exhibition all the more important. The exhibition includes the simultaneous screening of some of the most important films from the era… Londoners are extremely lucky to have small galleries such as GRAD… The posters in the current exhibition are the property of Antikbar, dealers in antique posters. Their website is a show in itself!”

Update June 2014: link to related article – https://antikbarposters.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/spotlight-on-the-stenberg-brothers/

For more news & events and to browse our original vintage posters, please visit our website at www.AntikBar.co.uk. You can also follow us on:

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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).


The Uprising – Mikhail Dlugach

Oil (Neft) – Alexander Naumov

Cement – Mikhail Dlugach

Turksib – Stenberg Brothers

The Screw from Another Machine – Stenberg Brothers
Sport Fever – Stenberg Brothers
Knight’s Move – Stenberg Brothers

A Dancer’s Career – Nikolai Prusakov

The Second Exhibition of Film Posters – Nikolai Prusakov

The End of St Petersburg – Izrail Bograd

Storm over Asia – Semyon Semyonov-Menes

Love’s Carnival – artist unknown

Heroes of the Blast Furnace – artist unknown

The Three Million Dollar Case – Stenberg Brothers

A Life for a Life – artist unknown

Dare We Stay Quiet – artist unknown

A Woman from the Fair – Nikolai Prusakov

October – Stenberg Brothers

Death Loop – Stenberg Brothers

October – Yakov Ruklevsky

A Man and a Livery – Stenberg Brothers

A Perfect Gentleman – Stenberg Brothers

Engineer Strong’s Project – Stenberg Brothers

The End of St Petersburg – Semyon Semyonov-Menes

Death of Sensation – Viktor Klimashin

Decembrists – Stenberg Brothers

Battleship Potemkin – Stenberg Brothers


Event: 50 years of Russian history in posters, from Tsars to Dictators (1890-1940)

AntikBar will be presenting at the “50 years of Russian history in posters, from Tsars to Dictators” evening on Thursday 11th July from 18:00-19:30 at the Gallery for Russian Arts and Design (GRAD) in London. This event is part of the “See USSR” exhibition being held at GRAD until 31st August.

PA0374_1_m   The turbulent years of Russia’s history from 1890 to 1940 had a profound impact on all aspects of Russian life. Drama, trauma, war and political upheavals were very graphically reflected in the mass media of the period: posters. Created to grab the attention of passers-by, posters are very topical and often absorb and reflect changes in society, art styles and fashions. Join us for a visual journey through 50 years of Russian history as told by poster art.

For further information and to register for this free event, please visit http://antikbar-russian-posters.eventbrite.co.uk or visit the News & Events page at http://www.antikbar.co.uk/

AntikBar is a Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association (IVPDA).

Posters, Loud and Clear

This article by AntikBar was first featured in the Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog:

Philips Autoradio 1950s


My Russian grandmother used to say: You say a word you loose a piece of your mind.  These days we do talk a lot not only by verbal but also by written means. The power of  the word is dwindling and becoming diluted but there used to be a world without the television and social media.  The only way to get a message across was by displaying it on the walls.  The only way of communicating the message to a wide audience at that time was the poster.

Posters used to be quite dull using mostly words, before French artists elevated them to an art form at the end of  the 19th century.  I believe it was initially a way for them to make extra money and then, as the artists got the flavour for this medium, their works became an art in itself.  Posters present the artist with a challenge of distilling an idea, product or message in one striking image that will grab the attention of passers-by.  The artist is  restricted by the size of the poster sheet and can only use a limited amount of words, so the visual has to be strong.  The art of cabaret by Toulouse Lautrec and the elegance of art nouveau by Mucha really drew attention to posters. Collectors and other talented artists followed suit.


As posters developed they absorbed and distilled styles of the era and form a major part of our social history.  Given they were not meant to be kept it is a miracle that any survived at all.  Designed to be plastered on walls and removed or overlayed with another poster, they were often printed on thin paper and easily deteriorated.  The ones that survived are mostly left-over stock from print shops, treasured collections of early enthusiasts or souvenirs from people involved in the trade.

In Great Britain poster art bloomed at a later stage, in part due to snobbism of the art elite and the critics’ belief that it is below the true standards of an artist to be involved in something as vulgar as advertising.  But the new generation of designers led by the Beggarstaff Brothers (William Nicholson and James Pryde), as well as growing popularity of this art form changed this perception and the British poster evolved.  Some of the most iconic designs were created in Britain to advertise the London Underground and educate masses during the WWII.


At the same time the Bolshevist Revolution happened in Russia and a newly born Socialist Government needed to convey its message urgently to a largely illiterate population.  Posters became an ideal medium for communicating to the masses.  It was an exciting time for the artists in Russia – censorship was largely abolished (as long as the Government was  still supported) and the idea of a State built for the people really electrified the creative minds.  A new art movement – constructivism was born with the belief that artistic talent should be only applied to creating useful things – architecture, furniture and, of course, posters. Some of the most striking designs were created during this period. Posters of the most prominent artists from this art school – A. Rodchenko, L. Lissitsky and the Stenberg Brothers fetch high prices when they turn up at auctions.

Speaking of money – where and on what should you focus if you decide to collect or invest in posters?  As with any art, you should buy what you like so you can appreciate the design and reap emotional dividends from the piece of art that you see hanging on your wall every day.  Certain poster themes have been steadily appreciating over the last few years – skiing, for example, especially those promoting the most popular resorts in Switzerland and France; cult films, James Bond and early cinema classics have also been on the rise recently.  Other areas to watch are WWII posters,  and mid-century design pieces.



Sadly the art of the poster is now becoming extinct.  Television and the digital revolution are  largely replacing this media with animated and interactive ads.  There are still a few talented artists around but commissions are sparse and most of them work purely out of love for this media and the subject of their design.  Keep an eye on artists like Craig Drake who designs alternative film posters for classic films and Mark Fairhurst who designs great sport posters.  I hope that art schools will get on the bandwagon and, at the very least, start commissioning posters for their events like this one made for 1928 Exhibition at the Royal College of Art.


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