Travel Posters

On 16 December 2020, by Agathe Albi-Gervy

France pioneered this highly desirable specialty, which is increasingly popular with collectors.

€2,250
David Dellepiane (1866-1932), P.L.M. Antibes, Côte d’Azur. Trains extra-rapides de jour ou de nuit (detail), c. 1910, imprimerie Moullot, Marseille, 107 x 76 cm (42.13 x 29.93 in).
Paris, Drouot, March 21, 2016. Auction Art Rémy Le Fur & Associés auction house. Ms. Isitt.

Travel poster prices have gone up considerably in recent years. These advertisements, especially those bearing the signatures of the medium’s greatest names, are in high demand. Popping up in train stations as rail travel grew in the late 19th century, their goal was to entice middle-class vacationers. France was a trailblazer in the history of posters. At first their quality was poor: talented artists deemed them unworthy of their attention. Posters by Hugo d’Alesi, René Péan, Roger Broders and Cassandre did not start appearing until the 1920s, the period most sought after by collectors today.

Prices shown include fees.

Drouot started auctioning posters in the 1890s.


 

€7,897After Ramiro Arrue (1892-1971), Chemins de fer du Midi, Biarritz toute l’année, imprimerie Pierre Lafitte, Paris, 102 x 71 cm (40.16

€7,897
After Ramiro Arrue (1892-1971), Chemins de fer du Midi, Biarritz toute l’année, imprimerie Pierre Lafitte, Paris, 102 x 71 cm (40.16 x 27.96 in).
Saint-Jean-de-Luz, August 7, 2016. Côte Basque Enchères Lelièvre - Cabarrouy auction house.

€5,081Roger Broders (1883-1953), P.L.M. L’été sur la Côte d’Azur. Plage de Juan-les-Pins, 1930, imprimerie de Vaugirard, Paris, 99.5 x 61.

€5,081
Roger Broders (1883-1953), P.L.M. L’été sur la Côte d’Azur. Plage de Juan-les-Pins, 1930, imprimerie de Vaugirard, Paris, 99.5 x 61.5 cm (39.18 x 24.22 in). 
Paris, Drouot, May 30, 2012. Camard & Associés auction house.


€682Charles-Jean Hallo, known as Alo (1882-1969), La Bretagne pittoresque. Camaret. Les Tas de Pois. Chemins de fer de l’État, 1920, 75 x

€682
Charles-Jean Hallo, known as Alo (1882-1969), La Bretagne pittoresque. Camaret. Les Tas de Pois. Chemins de fer de l’État, 1920, 75 x 105 cm (29.53 x 41.34 in).
Paris, Drouot, October 10, 2014. Tessier & Sarrou et Associés auction house. Mr. Choko

€3,625Guillaume Roger (1867-1943), P.L.M. L’été sur la Côte d’Azur. Le port de Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, November 1924, imprimerie Lucien Ser

€3,625
Guillaume Roger (1867-1943), P.L.M. L’été sur la Côte d’Azur. Le port de Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, November 1924, imprimerie Lucien Serre & Cie, Paris, 107 x 77 cm (42.13 x 30.32 in).
Paris, Drouot, May 14, 2014. Yann Le Mouel auction house.


€704André Galland (1886-1965), Sierck and Moselle (shown), and Claude Gadoud (1905-1991), Les Trois Épis, Turckheim, two posters for the C

€704
André Galland (1886-1965), Sierck and Moselle (shown), and Claude Gadoud (1905-1991), Les Trois Épis, Turckheim, two posters for the Chemins de fer d’Alsace et de Lorraine.
Paris, Drouot, May 19, 2017. Tessier & Sarrou et Associés auction house. Mr. Choko.

€945After Roger Soubie (1898-1984), Services d’auto-Cars de la Cie du Midi. Route des Pyrénées, 105 x 67.5 cm (41.34 x 26.58 in.)Paris, Dr

€945
After Roger Soubie (1898-1984), Services d’auto-Cars de la Cie du Midi. Route des Pyrénées, 105 x 67.5 cm(41.34 x 26.58 in).
Paris, Drouot, April 2, 2014. Blanchet & Associés auction house.

€3,750Roger Broders (1883-1953), P.L.M. Le tour du Mont-Blanc, June 1927, imprimerie Lucien Serre & Cie, Paris, 106 x 76 cm (41.74 x 29.93

€3,750
Roger Broders (1883-1953), P.L.M. Le tour du Mont-Blanc, June 1927, imprimerie Lucien Serre & Cie, Paris, 106 x 76 cm (41.74 x 29.93 in).
Paris, Drouot, May 21, 2015. Yann Le Mouel auction house.

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