Lot 18: LUIGI MARTINATI (1893-1983). "NEPTUNIA" / SITMAR LINE. Circa 1926. 27x19 inches, 68x49 cm. I.G.A.P., Rome.
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
LUIGI MARTINATI (1893-1983) "NEPTUNIA" / SITMAR LINE. Circa 1926.
27x19 1/4 inches, 68 3/4x49 cm. I.G.A.P., Rome.
Condition B / B+: tears and minor losses in margins and text; creases along sharp vertical and horizontal folds. Paper.
Società Italiana Servizi Marittimi, known as the Sitmar Line, was founded in 1913 and merged with Lloyd Triestino in 1936. The Neptunia had a hectic history which belies the peace and tranquility of this exotic image of the North African coast. She was constructed in 1913 by the British government and sold to the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen line in 1917, for whom she sailed as the Sierra Salvada. In 1917 she was seized by the Brazilian government and renamed the Avare. She capsized in dry dock in 1922 and was re-fitted by Viktor Schuppe for whom she sailed under the name Peer Gynt. She was bought by the Sitmar Line in late 1925 and renamed Neptunia, sailing for the Sitmar line until 1927, when she was again sold and renamed Oceana. Martinati designed advertising, travel and even some propaganda posters in the 1920s, but is best known for his movie posters which he began to design, almost exclusively, after the Second World War. This is the English version.