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Saturday 1 August: next AntikBar Poster Auction

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Saturday 1 August: Don’t miss our next live online auction featuring a collection of railway posters in addition to a wide variety of over 450 original vintage posters from around the world, including travel, sport, war, propaganda, advertising and movie posters.

You can now view our auction catalogue and register to bid online in advance via:

– Live Auctioneers www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/172458_original-vintage-posters-incl-railway-posters
– The Saleroom www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/antikbar/catalogue-id-antikb10019
– Invaluable www.invaluable.com/catalog/t8feddw4w1?size=200&page=1&categories=&sort=

This live auction will start online at 3pm (UK time) on Saturday 1 August.

Please Note: In line with government guidelines, the auction preview will be open by appointment only at our gallery from Wednesday 29 July to 1pm on Saturday 1 August. Please contact us to book your appointment in advance, and click here for information on the restrictions in place at our gallery.

Lot of the Day:

1 AmericanAirlinesIreland   2 SmirnoffVodkaAccountant
3 TintinSecretOfTheUnicorn   4 TriumphMotorcycles 
5 CommunismUSSRLenin
6 LidoCabaretParis   7 WaimeaBayHawaiiSurfing
8 GuinnessBattleOfHastings
9 DartmouthCollege   10 KLMRoyalDutchAirlines
11 SmashingTime   12 MexicoOlympics1968
13 AntikBarAuction BritishRailways ServiceToIndustry TerenceCuneo 1August2020
14 CanadianNationalRailwaysCanadaUSA  15 JazzSaxophoneDexterGordon
16 HorseRacing
17 LlonchSalaArtDeco   18 AspenHighlandsSki
19 IsleOfWightBritishRailways 

20 AndyWarholPopArtShoes   21 MercedesBenzGrandPrixFangioStirlingMoss  

*Only 2 Days To Go!* 
AntikBar Vintage Poster Auction 1August2020

*Phew!* Another marathon auction lasting just over 7 hours…
LanaTurner AntikBar Auction1August2020  One of the many runaway successes was this glamorous 1940s ABC poster for the award winning Hollywood screen legend Lana Turner that created a bidding performance worthy of such an iconic hard-working actress

In the News:

ATG AntikBar Poster Auction 1 August 2020 Londoners Thames  Auction News in this week’s Antiques Trade Gazette (issue 2452): The sale of original posters at AntikBar on August 1 includes c.1926 poster for Southern Railway The Londoner’s Leisure… featuring a stylised view of elegant Londoners enjoying boat trips on the Thames by the artist Frederic Gregory Brown… 

TheSaleroom AntikBar Poster Auction 1August2020 feature   Auction News feature @TheSaleroom: From local cheeses to tennis championships, vintage posters star @AntikBar sale… 


AntikBar – Original Vintage Posters

404 King’s Road, Chelsea, 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, King’s Road Curve and The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA).

In The Spotlight: Graphic Design & Poster Art Reference Books

via our AntikbarBooks page on Facebook:

A selection of reference books and catalogues on early poster art, advertising and graphic design during the late 19th and early 20th century featuring a variety of art movements and styles including Photomontage, Soviet Constructivism, Art Deco, Realism, Avant Garde, Industrial, Art Nouveau, Modernism, Psychedelic, and product advertising and exhibition artwork. Click on the image links below for more information:

Abram Games Graphic Designer 2003 Stenberg Brothers Exhibition Catalogue 2015
The Complete Masters of the Poster 1990 The Art of the Fillmore 1966-1971 1997
Trade Advertising and Packaging in Russia 19-20 century 1993 See USSR Intourist Posters And The Marketing Of The Soviet Union 2013
The Queen Mary a Book of Comparisons 1936
Soviet Graphic Arts 1963 Almanach der Allrussischen Ausstellung für Landwirtschaft und Heimindustrie 1923
Russian Graphic Design 1880-1917 1997 Salon International Du Livre D'Art International Art Book Fair 1931
Collection of Hungarian Poster Reproductions 1959 Gypromez Bulletin Bulleten Gypromeza 1929
Railroads Eisenbahnen 1952
Lenin and Leninism 1928The Power of the Poster 1998
Russian Constructivism Exhibition Laboratory Period 1975 Koretsky The Soviet Photo Posters 1930-1984 2012
Samples of Graphic Design 2005
Film Posters of the Russian Avant-Garde 1995 For more updates, follow @AntikBarBooks on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/AntikBarBooks

AntikBar Books focuses on book design and related ephemera from the 1920s and 1930s covering the major art movements including Bauhaus, Constructivism, Art Deco and Modernism, many featuring photographs and artwork by notable artists of the period. Items include antique and vintage theatre brochures, travel books, reference magazines and other publications. 

[Note: this website is currently a work in progress with more items being uploaded every week. The prices and details will be completed soon on any items listed at £999. If you would like more information on any item, or if you would like to visit us to view any item, please contact us in advance via www.antikbarbooks.co.uk/contact-us]

Address: AntikBar, 404 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LJ
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 352 9309
Email: info@antikbar.co.uk

Antikbar Books: www.antikbarbooks.co.uk
AntikBar Original Vintage Posters: www.antikbar.co.uk


AntikBar is a Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers’ Association (IVPDA), UK Posters Network, London Art Deco Society, King’s Road Curve and The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA).



Don’t miss AntikBar’s next Poster Auction on 11 May!

Set of 3 Posters Lenin USSR Propaganda Constructivism Original Vintage Posters Auction including USSR and Palestine Propaganda Poster Collection 

Our next auction on Saturday 11 May of over 500 original vintage posters features a collection of Soviet and Palestinian propaganda posters as well as a wide variety of original vintage travel, cinema, sport, advertising, war and propaganda posters from around the world.

The auction preview will be open at our gallery from Wednesday 8 May to 1pm on Saturday 11 May and the auction will start online at 3pm (UK time) on Saturday 11 May. View our catalogue and register to bid in advance via:

The Saleroom — www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/antikbar/catalogue-id-antikb10014
Invaluable — www.invaluable.com/catalog/67cmv11cug
Live Auctioneers — www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/139883_original-posters-ussr-and-palestine-propaganda

→ This extraordinary collection of Soviet and Palestine posters was acquired by our seller during his trips to the USSR and Lebanon in the 1960s and 1970s. 

In March 1969, the seller joined a UK delegation of the National Union of Students on a visit to the USSR. During his stay in Moscow, Leningrad and Tallinn, he acquired some of the posters. Later that year, he wrote to the Soviet authorities who sent several parcels of posters to him at university. 

The Palestinian posters were obtained in Summer 1971 when the seller travelled to the Middle East to apply for a postgraduate course at the American University in Beirut. On arrival he realised the university was not fully functioning due to the unstable and rapidly deteriorating political and military situation. He stayed in Beirut for two months then visited Syria, Jordan and Israel, returning home via Beirut. At the time, he considered becoming a journalist so arranged an interview with Bassam Abu Sharif, the spokesperson for the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine). During this meeting he was given many of the posters that form this collection. The new symbol of the PFLP was adopted in May 1969 and these posters are among the earliest published by the Palestinian resistance.

Auction Preview now open at our gallery until 1pm on Saturday:
AntikBar Poster Auction Preview photos1 – video clips and more images available on our social media (links given below).

Lot of the Day (scroll down to follow us also on social media for more image features in the lead up to this auction)

1 BeatCompetition2 a PopularFront LiberationPalestine
3 a GeneralMotors ConceptCar Chrysler
4 a GaleriesLafayette Children5 a BillGraham RockMusic SanFrancisco
6 a CigarettesSaphir ArtNouveau7 a Lot PolishAirline Dog
8 a OriginalSin Cider MsVeronique9 a Solidarity
10 a Guinness Fireman
11 a TierparkBerlin Zoo Elephants12 a MonteCarlo DivingGirl
13 a GoodCitizens AbrahamLincoln14 a DavidBowie LetsDance
15 a TheOtherWoman 16 a Fougasse CarelessTalk WWII
17 a Soviet USSR Construction Propaganda Poster AntikBar Auction 

In The News:

ATG Preview Issue 2390 AntikBar Poster Auction 11 May 2019 Our upcoming auction featured by the Antiques Trade Gazette on their Previews page (p.32)   

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All our original vintage posters from around the world (propaganda, war, sport, travel, advertising and movie posters) are available online with worldwide delivery at www.AntikBar.co.uk and at our gallery at:

AntikBar – Original Vintage Posters
404 King’s Road, London SW10 0LJ

AntikBar is a Member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers’ Association (IVPDA), UK Posters Network, London Art Deco Society, King’s Road Curve and The Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA).

Original Antique Posters: Celebrating 100+ Years of Poster Design

Posters have been the broad disseminator of ideas and images that have BR0008_1_mreflected social and cultural changes over the course of history. Given their ease of display on walls and high visibility, posters deliver their messages to the masses in the most effective way. The discovery of colour lithography in the late 1700s/early 1800s was one of the major developments that changed poster design. This technology needed an artist who understood the intricacies of colour balance to develop the poster as an art form: Jules Cheret (1836-1932) was able to combine his artistic talent with his knowledge of lithography and is widely regarded as the father of poster art.

PS0343_1_mCheret ingeniously combined modern British printing press machines with a clean-cut approach to colours used in traditional Japanese woodblocks to print more cost effective posters that were bolder and boasted clear and well defined images. A number of notable artists, such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), followed his example in experimenting with new printing technologies and, by the late 1800s, posters were transformed into a recognisable art form and quickly became collector’s items.

Poster enthusiasts would venture out at night with damp sponges to remove the latest artwork by Cheret or Toulouse-Lautrec from the walls. PA0725_1_m (1)Poster exhibitions were held practically every year that further revealed the beauty of this new emerging art form to the public and influenced both advertisers and artists.

Being very topical, posters evoke the styles of the era and have very often survived as the best examples of art movements such as Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Constructivism. To celebrate over 100 years of poster design, here is our current collection of original antique posters dating from the 1890s to mid-1910s:

PS0269_1_m   PS0235_1_m
PA0321_1_m   PA0523_1_m
PS0193_1_m   PS0391_1_m
PT0657_1_m   PA0381_1_m
PA0712_1_m   PA0711_1_m
PP0332_1_m   PP0327_1_m
PA0861_1_m   PA0308_1_m
PA0347_1_m   PS0270_1_m
PA1037_1_m   PA0871_1_m
PA0947_1_m   PT0703_1_m
PT0746_1_m   PA0995_1_m
PA0573_1_m   PT0828_1_m
PA0267_1_m   PA0983_1_m
PW0015_1_m   PW0089_1_m
PP0212_1_m   PW0120_1_m
PW0080_1_m   PW0141_1_m


Visit our website at www.antikbar.co.uk to browse all our original vintage posters from around the world – cinema, travel, advertising, sport, war, propaganda. 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).



Visions of a New World: Rodchenko and Stepanova

To coincide with The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art’s exhibition, At Home with Rodchenko and Stepanova (in Moscow until 8th March), and the V&A Museum’s Russian Avant Garde Theatre exhibition (in London until 15th March), here is a short introduction on these notable Russian artists with links to some of the books and magazines featuring their work that we currently have in stock:

Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Varvara Stepanova (1894-1958) met at the Kazan Art School in 1910 and later married. Rodchenko, who focused on photomontage in the 1920s, was one of the founders of Russian Constructivism. This was a form of modern art built on the foundations of Cubism and Futurism that aimed to encompass all aspects of everyday life from art and design to film and fashion, influencing later movements such as Bauhaus and Dadaism. Stepanova developed the ideals of this art form to concentrate on costume and set designs for theatre and working clothes for industry and sports.

Click on the images below for more information:

BA0196_1_m  Machinery and Life (1925) featuring Stepanova on the front cover with cover designs by Gan and Rodchenko, who regularly contributed photographic and typographic designs, including:

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BA0204_1_m  BA0205_2_m

BA0206_3_m  BA0207_3_m

BA0208_1_m  “We had visions of a new world, industry, technology and science. We simultaneously invented and changed the world around us. We authored new notions of beauty and redefined art itself.” [Rodchenko]

L’Art Decoratif URSS (1925) book cover design by Rodchenko

30 Days (1929) photo by Rodchenko / see also work by Rodchenko and Stepanova (and others, such as Klutsis, Ganf and El Lissitsky) in:


BA0191_1_m  and in USSR in Construction (1932):




Please visit our website at www.antikbar.co.uk to browse all our original vintage posters and graphic design, including our Avant Garde posters, Constructivist books and Constructivist magazines. 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).







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”:


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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).












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