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Auction Description for Poster Auctions Int'l: PAI-LXX: Rare Posters
Auction Description:
700 Posters in the 70th PAI Rare Posters Sale NEW YORK, NY – The world’s leading auction house of rare, original poster art will hold its autumn auction on October 30, 2016 with over 700 stunning images from the 1880s to the 1990s. It’s the 70th major auction for Poster Auctions International (PAI), in a tradition for 30 years. Among the most notable offerings are 38 illustrations by New York artist Edward Penfield, including a full range of his monthly covers for Harper’s magazine between 1894 and 1899 (estimated at $900 - $2000 each), including two nearly complete sets for the years 1897 and 1898. PAI, known as one of the top auctioneers of original Mucha and Toulouse-Lautrec lithographs, will have its most superb selection yet of these artists. The 40 exquisite works by Mucha include the Art Nouveau master’s series of Times of the Day amd The Arts (each $50,000 - $60,000). Toulouse-Lautrecs on offer include an original lithograph of the world famous 1891 Moulin Rouge / La Goulue, the artist’s first and most famous poster design, estimated at $250,000 - $300,000; a delightful sketch of an 1896 dinner party ($35-40,000) of which only one other copy is known to exist; and the only known copy of an Aristide Bruant poster before letters ($8-$10,000). The auction will also include – in a departure from PAI’s standard repertoire – 15 posters and memorabilia associated with Muhammad Ali, who passed away on June 3. They include original photographic prints signed by Ali, Frazier and Foreman, including Ali’s defiant snarl over Sonny Liston shot by Neil Leifer – arguably the most famous sports photo in history (items est: $600 - $1,500). “We’re particularly thrilled to acquire an original of Cappiello’s famous ‘Ciocolatto Venchi’ (1923) in a tremendous size that we never knew existed,” said PAI owner Jack Rennert, who wrote the definitive compendium on Cappiello. The poster stands at nearly 9 feet tall and more than 6 feet wide, and will likely fetch $14-17,000. Other extraordinary items include a never-before-seen image created in 1900 for Mele, the Naples department store (est.: $20-25,000); a never-before seen Bugatti ($40-$50,000) and an incredible portfolio of Weimar-era costume designs by Schnackenberg (est.: $17-$20,000). Vintage posters “are really about art and commerce in this dynamic competition,” said Mr. Rennert. “The best advertising is always artful. But certain images transcend advertising – they’re subtler, bolder, more brilliant than they ought to be – and enter the territory of fine arts, and become icons of moods and atmospheres.” Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Cambria","serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} PAI’s LXX Poster viewing will take place from October 14th-29th, 2016 at Rennert’s Gallery, 26 W. 17th Street, New York, NY 11011. The auction will take place live both at Rennert’s Gallery, and online, on Sunday, October 30th at 11am. The 244-page auction catalogue is $40 and is available for order online. 
Viewing Notes:
PAI’s LXX Poster viewing will take place from October 14th-29th, 2016 at Rennert’s Gallery, 26 W. 17th Street, New York, NY 11011. (Open Daily 11am-6pm)

PAI-LXX: Rare Posters (717 Lots)

by Poster Auctions International Inc


717 lots with images

October 30, 2016

Live Auction

New York, NY, USA

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L'Etendard Français. 1891

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Description: Artist: JULES CHÉRET (1836-1932) Size: 33 3/4 x 47 1/4 in./85.7 x 120 cm Imp. Chaix, Paris L'Etendard Français was a small manufacturer of bicycles and tricycles, sold primarily out of Paris. Its name translates as "banner," hence why the coquettish cyclist is both holding her country's flag as well as wearing patriotic colors. Here, the company is offering a payment plan of fifty francs down and twenty-five per month thereafter; however, we are not told how many months it will take to pay off our new bicycle. This is one of two bicycle posters Chéret created during his fifty-year long career. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B+/ Very slight tears at folds; recreated top corners.

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Zim Strock. ca. 1890

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Description: Artist: WILHIO Size: 47 1/8 x 62 1/4 in./119.6 x 158.2 cm Imp. Paul Dupont, Paris Founded by its titular owner in 1884, Strock was a boutique bicycle manufacturer. This is arguably the best poster created for the brand, a two-sheet design equating its agility to that of a tiger. Rare! (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B/ Slight tears at folds & edges.

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Gladiator. ca. 1892

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Description: Artist: GASTON NOURY (1866-?) Size: 35 1/8 x 49 in./89 x 124.2 cm Imp. Bourgerie, Paris While another poster for the company is without a doubt its most famous advertisement (see PAI-LIX, 47), this sweet Victorian image of a cherub-faced rider being celestially informed of her smart decision against a backdrop of flower-like tires is perhaps its most charming. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B-/ Restored tears.

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Cycles Le Chevreuil. ca. 1895

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Description: Artist: GASTON NOURY (1866-?) Size: 22 3/8 x 31 1/8 in./57 x 79 cm Imp. Sevestre, Paris Noted as having the "smallest rim in the world" and tires which can be changed "in ten seconds," the Chevreuil bicycle appears to be the lightest and fastest thing on two wheels. This is the before-letters version of the design, hand-signed by the artist. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A-/ Very slight tears at top edge. Framed.

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Clément. ca. 1893

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Description: Artist: ANONYMOUS Size: 24 1/4 x 17 5/8 in./61.5 x 44.7 cm Imp. J. Kossuth, Paris This early bicycle design heralds two championship riders - Georges Cassignard and Fernand Charron - who rode Clément cycles fitted with Dunlop tires to victory. Right around the time this poster was printed, Cassignard was tragically killed in a cycling accident in 1893. (bicycle, bike, racing)

Condition Report: A.

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Deuxième Salon du Cycle. 1894

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Description: Artist: JEAN-LOUIS FORAIN (1852-1931) Size: 15 1/4 x 7 7/8 in./38.6 x 19.8 cm Imp. Harold, Paris In advertising the second annual Salon du Cycle, Forain created an image which would cause Maindron to later exclaim, "This poster is perfect.” Delicate in sweet pastel shades, this is the smallest version of the image. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A. Framed.

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Cycles Ouragan. ca. 1895

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Description: Artist: ANONYMOUS Size: 35 1/2 x 49 5/8 in./90 x 126 cm Imp. J. Kossuth, Paris Ouragan was one of the marks under the Dombret-Jussy umbrella in Saint Etienne - a bicycle manufacturer founded in 1890. Translating as "hurricane," we see the brand's ambassador gathering up lightning bolts as she speeds over the terrain. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B/ Slight tears & stains at folds & edges.

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Griffon. ca. 1894

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Description: Artist: WALTER THOR (1870-1929) Size: 30 1/2 x 45 1/2 in./77.5 x 115.6 cm Imp. G. Elleaumme, Paris A rite of passage: a mother encourages her son to take his first ride on a Griffon bike. The horseless carriage in the background suggests the next stage in the upward mobility of the younger generation. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B-/ Slight tears in top margin; slightly light-stained. Framed.

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Peerless Cycles. ca. 1898

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Description: Artist: ANONYMOUS Size: 39 1/4 x 55 1/2 in./99.5 x 141.2 cm Imp. Affiches Louis Gallice As in love with each other as ever, an amorous Pierrot blows a kiss to his Pierrette before going on a night ride aboard his Peerless cycle. This is one of the most lovely bicycle posters we've seen! (bicycle, bike, String)

Condition Report: A-/ Slight tears at edges; unobtrusive folds.

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Cycles Georges Richard / Le Tréfle a Quatre. ca. 1895

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Description: Artist: ANONYMOUS Size: 43 1/8 x 58 5/8 in./109.5 x 149 cm Imp. Phillipe Chapelier, Paris Founded by the brothers Georges and Max Richard in 1893, Georges Richard only had three years of bicycle manufacturing before turning to automobile production. Here, the company's trademark four-leaf clover is front and center. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B+/ Slight tears at folds & edges.

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Acatène Velleda. 1898

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Description: Artist: LUCIEN BAYLAC (1851-1913) Size: 46 1/2 x 62 in./118.1 x 157.5 cm Imp. Kossuth, Paris This French bicycle brand takes its name from an obscure piece of German history: Veleda was a 1st century priestess who predicted that her people would rise up and defeat the Romans. Hovering above the handlebars of the bike is a bird of prey crowned with the Latin phrase "woe to chains," indicating that this is a chainless model. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B/ Slight tears at folds & edges.

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Pannetton. ca. 1899

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Description: Artist: G. BILIOTTI Size: 31 3/8 x 46 5/8 in./79.7 x 118.5 cm Imp. L. Revon, Paris Not much is known about the Pannetton bicycle company promoted in this rare poster. That said, both the horn of (monetary) plenty and the wheel of progress accompany the goddess balancing upon its frame, indicating that it is both a cost-saving and forward-thinking brand. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A-/ Slight tears at edges.

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Waverley Cycles. 1896

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Description: Artist: A. R. BECK Size: 20 x 30 in./51 x 76.3 cm Gies & Co, Buffalo, NY While best known through the iconic poster by Mucha, Waverley Cycles appears here alongside its American mascot, The Waverley Belle. Manufactured by the Indiana Bicycle Company, Waverley was sold worldwide to much acclaim. This is the rarest poster for the brand. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B/ Slight tears & stains at horizontal fold & edges.

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Régina. ca. 1898

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Description: Artist: PHILIPPE CHAPELLIER Size: 39 x 50 7/8 in./99 x 129.3 cm This fun design shows a shocked crowd chasing after the animated statue of Henry IV, who has been so entranced by the Régina bicycle that he has descended from his bronze horse to mount a more modern steed. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B+/ Restored tears at folds & edges; missing margins.

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Régina. ca. 1900

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Description: Artist: GEO FREI Size: 39 x 50 3/4 in./99.2 x 129 cm Imp. Affiches Kossuth, Paris A strange endorsement, this poster indicates that the pigeons of St Mark's Square in Venice are in awe of the Régina bicycle. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B-/ Restored tears & losses at top & bottom edges.

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Singer Cycle. ca. 1894

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Description: Artist: EMILE CLOUET Size: 35 3/4 x 50 1/4 in./90.8 x 127.8 cm Imp. J. Kossuth, Paris Founded in 1874, the Singer Cycle Company was a popular brand of bicycle, noted as being the first to feature a curved fork within the frame. Here, a handsome cyclist shows off his latest model to a bevy of young women in a composition not dissimilar from Pal's poster for Whitworth Cycles. This is the before-letters version of the design. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B/ Slight tears at folds.

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Cycles

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Description: Artist: EMILE CLOUET Size: 36 7/8 x 51 1/8 in./93.5 x 129.8 cm Imp. Jules Simon, Paris More so than any other invention, the bicycle greatly contributed to women's emancipation. With it, the potential for unchaperoned freedom was almost endless – a concept all but incomprehensible to most women of the time. This young woman experiences the freedom of flying, traversing the globe. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B/ Slight tears & stains at folds & edges.

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Cycles G. Richard. ca. 1895

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Description: Artist: EMILE CLOUET Size: 35 1/2 x 49 1/4 in./90.2 x 125.2 cm Imp. G. Bataille, Paris Unlike the other two images for the brand, here a female cyclist with the wings of Hermes in her hat speeds ahead of the rest, the dark roads being no match for her confidence aboard a George Richard cycle. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A-/ Slight tears at edges.

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Humber. ca. 1894

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Description: Artist: EMILE CLOUET Size: 46 x 62 7/8 in./117 x 159.7 cm Imp. Kossuth, Paris Formed in England by Thomas Humber in 1869, Humber Cycles would eventually, like so many bicycle companies, become dominated by its automobile division. In the late 1800s, however, bicycles were still all the rage, especially amongst the newly liberated woman. Here, one such lady is basking in the heavenly glow of her Humber as a host of disembodied seraph heads hover around this deified wonder. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B+/ Very slight tears at folds & edges.

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Cycles Andru. ca. 1895

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Description: Artist: DOUZINELLE Size: 46 x 63 in./116.6 x 160 cm Imp. G. Elleaume, Paris This romantic, Impressionistic portrait of a lady for Cycles Andru channels a little bit of both Renoir and Van Gogh. This is the larger format version of the poster. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A-/ Slight tears in margins.

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Cycles Clement. ca. 1895

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Description: Artist: MISTI (Ferdinand Mifliez, 1865-1923) Size: 16 5/8 x 24 in./42.2 x 61 cm Imp. Bourgerie, Paris The educated and beautiful female customer for Cycles Clement flips through the company's latest catalogue, its logo of a rooster on a wheel echoed in the elaborate Art Nouveau wallpaper behind her. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B/ Slight tears at folds.

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Cycles Rudge. 1897

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Description: Artist: JACQUES DEBUT Size: 45 5/8 x 63 1/4 in./115.7 x 160.5 cm Imp. Caby & Chardin, Paris As Actaeon once stumbled upon the goddess Diana bathing in the woods, so does this Modern cyclist peer out from the branches at the latest Rudge bicycle - so finely crafted it could only be from the gods. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A-/ Slight tears at folds & edges.

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Cycles Griffon. 1900

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Description: Artist: MISTI (Ferdinand Mifliez, 1865-1923) Size: 35 1/2 x 62 1/4 in./90.2 x 158.2 cm Imp. du Griffon, Paris A particularly inspired work by Misti in which the bicycle company's namesake is seen fiercely guarding over a serene tableau of a young woman riding through the countryside. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A-/ Unobtrusive folds.

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Cycles Georges Richard. ca. 1895

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Description: Artist: H. GRAY (Henri Boulanger, 1858-1924) Size: 46 1/2 x 62 3/4 in./118 x 159.5 cm Imp. E. Bougard, Paris One of at least three designs Gray created for the company, this poster is awash in the brand's signature clover color. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A-/ Unobtrusive folds.

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Hurtu. ca. 1900

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Description: Artist: H. GRAY (Henri Boulanger, 1858-1924) Size: 46 x 62 in./117 x 157.5 cm Imp. E. Bougard, Paris Hurtu, like many others firms in the early personal transport business, began by manufacturing bicycles then added automobiles to their output. Here, we see their elegant bike model in the foreground, an Art Nouveau vignette showcasing their latest automotive endeavors behind her. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B/ Slight tears at folds & edges.

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5e Salon du Cycle. 1897

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Description: Artist: VICTOR MIGNOT (1872-1944) Size: 34 3/4 x 48 7/8 in./88.3 x 124 cm Imp. J. E. Goossens, Bruxelles Hosted by the Bicycle Union Club in Brussels, Mignot gives us a truly spectacular design for their 5th annual Salon du Cycle. Precariously poised on their respective two-wheelers, a colorful and angular couple holds out a banner announcing the event, making all those not participating appear drab and lifeless in the background. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B+/ Slight tears at folds.

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Société La Française. ca. 1895

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Description: Artist: GEO. WEISS (1861-?) Size: 43 3/4 x 60 3/8 in./111.2 x 153.3 cm Imp. P. Dupont, Paris Founded in 1890 by Pierre-Victor Besse and Francis Trepier, Société La Française was both a brand of bicycle as well as the name of a championship cycling team sponsored by the company. Here, a young woman goes out for a night ride, the Tricoleur giving a guiding light for the road ahead. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B/ Slight creasing; slight tears at folds.

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Phébus. ca. 1899

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Description: Artist: PAL (Jean de Paléologue, 1860-1942) Size: 43 x 58 in./109.4 x 147.2 cm Imp. Paul Dupont, Paris Named after the Greek god in charge of driving the sun across the sky every day, Phébus motor vehicles operated out of Paris from 1899 through 1903. While eventually manufacturing voiturettes, it began with the much-heralded motorized tricycle shown in this poster. The figures are common characters in the commedia dell'arte, wherein Pierrot unsuccessfully seeks the affections of Columbine. Here, though, he has found a new love: Phébus. Pal created more bicycle posters during his Paris stay (1893-1900) than any other artist - all effectively charming. (bicycle, bike, clown)

Condition Report: A-/ Unobtrusive folds.

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Whitworth Cycles. ca. 1894

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Description: Artist: PAL (Jean de Paléologue, 1860-1942) Size: 73 1/2 x 52 1/2 in./186.8 x 133.4 cm Imp. H. Hérold, Paris This is one of three designs Pal created for Whitworth, all variations on the same theme. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B-/ Restored tears at folds & seam. Framed.

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Déesse. ca. 1898

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Description: Artist: PAL (Jean de Paléologue, 1860-1942) Size: 43 x 58 5/8 in./109.2 x 149 cm Imp. Paul Dupont, Paris "Déesse” ("Goddess”) was a name used in France by the British bicycle manufacturer Rudge. For it, Pal gives us a bold and startling image, with a virtually nude soaring nymph holding a bike aloft for an admiring crowd. As befits a goddess, she not only rules over the Paris skyline, but over the entire world, as evidenced by the international make-up of the awestruck populace below. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B+/ Slight tears at folds. Framed.

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Liberator Cycles. ca. 1899

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Description: Artist: PAL (Jean de Paléologue, 1860-1942) Size: 15 5/8 x 23 1/2 in./39.8 x 59.8 cm Affiches Kossuth, Paris Departing from his usual choice of showgirls and upper-class ladies, Pal gives us a Valkyrie ready to ride out in battle on her aptly-named Liberator bicycle. Due to the popularity of the original design, it was redone dozens of times by various artists who merely added some foliage or altered the text slightly. This is a new version of the Kossuth variant of the poster, in the rare smallest format. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A.

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Liberator Cycles & Automobiles. 1899

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Description: Artist: PAL (Jean de Paléologue, 1860-1942) Size: 39 1/8 x 53 7/8 in./99.4 x 137 cm Imp. Caby & Chardin, Paris This is the original large format of the previous design. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A-/ Unobtrusive folds.

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Cleveland Cycles.  ca. 1898

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Description: Artist: PAL (Jean de Paléologue, 1860-1942) Size: 55 3/4 x 84 1/4 in./141.6 x 214.2 cm Imp. Paul Dupont, Paris A triumphant Native American flees his adversaries on his speedy Cleveland bicycle. The company appreciated this design so much that it appears in a variety of formats, this being the larger, two-sheet variant. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B-/ Restored tears at folds & edges.

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Falcon. ca. 1894

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Description: Artist: PAL (Jean de Paléologue, 1860-1942) Size: 42 3/4 x 58 in./108.7 x 147.4 cm Imp. Paul Dupont, Paris Along with Bixton, Falcon was one of two brands which formed the Franco-American Bicycle Company. This is one of Pal's finest cycling designs, the sky a tempestuous mix of burgundy, peach, and navy, while the ghostly rider brandishes a pure, beaming falcon, illuminating the otherwise ominous road ahead. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B/ Restored tears at folds & edges.

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Palais-Sport. ca. 1894

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Description: Artist: PAL (Jean de Paléologue, 1860-1942) Size: 32 1/8 x 48 in./81.6 x 122 cm Imp. Paul Dupont, Paris With the 1890s cycling mania came the rise to such newfangled facilities as this grand "velocipedic establishment” in Paris. In addition to a kilometer-long cycling track, the poster boasts its skylit atrium, naturalistic murals, indoor bicycle parking, lesson space, thermal baths, and bar. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A-/ Very slight tears along folds.

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The Franco-American Bicycles Co. / Falcon. ca. 1893

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Description: Artist: PAL (Jean de Paléologue, 1860-1942) Size: 31 1/8 x 47 1/2 in./79 x 120.7 cm Imp. Paul Dupont, Paris Created around the same time as Pal's other design for Falcon (see Lot 34), this image emphasizes less of the mystical and more of the practical elements of owning this fine piece of a machinery by the Franco-American bicycle company. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B+/ Slight tears at folds & edges.

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Whitworth Cycles. ca. 1894

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Description: Artist: PAL (Jean de Paléologue, 1860-1942) Size: 58 1/8 x 84 5/8 in./147.6 x 215 cm Imp. Paul Dupont, Paris Printed soon before the 1894 merger of Whitworth and Rudge Cycles, this two-sheet image is one of the most charming bicycle advertisements of the period. In essence, a Whitworth Cycle is just so beautiful and smart that you will be a hit with the ladies should you purchase one. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B+/ Slight tears at folds & edges.

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Cycles & Automobiles / Deuxième Exposition. 1897

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Description: Artist: ARMAND A. L. RASSENFOSSE (1862-1934) Size: 40 1/8 x 29 in./102 x 73.5 cm Lith. Benard, Liège The precursor to the poster by Koister (see PAI-LXIX, 27), this simple image showcasing both the audience and the products announces the second annual Bicycle and Automobile Show of Liège. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B/ Slight tears at folds & edges.

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Terrot / Dijon / Cycles Automobiles. ca. 1898

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Description: Artist: FRANCISCO TAMAGNO (1851-1933) Size: 38 3/4 x 54 1/2 in./98.5 x 138.5 cm Lithographie Parisienne, Paris The trademark of Tamagno's Terrot advertising was the amount of attitude that flowed off of the paper, usually in the form of a woman taking pleasure in outpacing her competition – be it other riders, automobiles, or airplanes. Here, a picture in blue, she has managed to leave in her wake a steaming locomotive, the engine driver shaking his fist in frustration. Terrot bikes were successful enough during the 1890s, but the firm really came into its own with motorcycles as of 1901, remaining in business until the 1960s with one of the best makes in France. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A-/ Unobtrusive folds.

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Les Cycles Clément. ca. 1900

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Description: Artist: HENRI THIRIET (1866-1897) Size: 16 x 22 1/4 in./40.6 x 56.5 cm Imp. E. Bougard, Paris By 1890, Clément was the most popular bicycle brand in France. Here, a rider brandishing a banner of the company's rooster mascot leads a parade of like-minded enthusiasts into the countryside. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A.

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Cycles Brion. 1897

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Description: Artist: CHARLES TICHON Size: 31 5/8 x 47 3/4 in./80.2 x 121 cm Bouquet & Barry, Paris In the 1870s, the French wine industry was decimated by an outbreak of phylloxera, resulting in many chateaux selling their vineyards in the face of bankruptcy. One of those parcels belonged to the Comte de la Basse-Brion, who took the sale price of his land, moved to Paris, and invested in the new technology of bicycle manufacturing. This is the larger-format version of the poster. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A.

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Cycles Brion. 1897

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Description: Artist: CHARLES TICHON Size: 23 5/8 x 31 5/8 in./60 x 80.4 cm Imp. Bouquet & Barry, Paris This is the smaller format version of the previous Lot. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: A.

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Cycles Brion. 1897

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Description: Artist: CHARLES TICHON Size: 22 3/4 x 30 3/8 in./57.8 x 77 cm Imp. Kossuth, Paris It is interesting to have three variants of the same poster in a single sale. This is the only one of the three that is signed, allowing us to identify the artist. As with the previous Lot, it is also the smaller format. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B+/ Slight tears at folds & edges.

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Cycles Peugeot. ca. 1896

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Description: Artist: EUGENE VAVASSEUR (1863-1949) Size: 45 3/4 x 62 7/8 in./116.2 x 159.6 cm Affiches Camis, Paris Peugeot began production as a maker of various household goods, especially items which required simple mechanisms, such as pepper grinders. Their specialization in metal domestic necessities led to making the steel rods needed in female undergarments, which, as the company grew, ultimately landed them in the bicycle business. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B/ Slight tears & stains at folds & edges.

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Cycles Cottereau. ca. 1900

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Description: Artist: LUDWIG C. L. MARKOUS (1883-1941) Size: 46 3/4 x 63 1/2 in./118.5 x 161.4 cm Imp. Ch. Wall, Paris Only in operation from 1898 to 1910, Cottereau created sturdy, all-purpose bicycles and early automobiles. Clearly, feminine charm need not be sacrificed for a ride in the country. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B+/ Very slight tears & stains along fold.

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Michelin est Indechirable. 1908

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Description: Artist: MAXIME FRAIKIN Size: 31 3/4 x 39 5/8 in./80.5 x 100.7 cm Imp. M. Dumas, Paris Before the Michelin Man became the company's official mascot (or political correctness became a norm in advertising), all manner of strange and unsavory characters were used to promote the product's indestructibility. Here, a vampire-toothed Native American is shown gnawing on a bicycle tire, thereby proving that the mere road would cause it no harm. (bicycle, bike, tire)

Condition Report: A.

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Description: Artist: ANONYMOUS Size: 32 x 46 7/8 in./81.2 x 119 cm Ch. Wall, Paris This humorous design highlights the indestructible nature of Guttacoll bicycle tires when combined with its puncture-proof epoxy. Not even a drunk wielding a broken bottle of absinthe can damage it! (bicycle, bike, tire)

Condition Report: B/ Slight stains & restored tears.

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Clément. ca. 1900

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Description: Artist: ARTHUR FOACHE (1871-1967) Size: 39 1/2 x 55 in./100.2 x 139.8 cm Imp. Bourgerie, Paris With a lifelong love of cycling, Adolphe Clément opened his first bicycle manufacturing business in 1878, complete with a repair shop and cycling school. By 1890, his small, local business had become the most popular bicycle brand in France. As Clément was also a fanatical racer, it seems only fitting that the muse in this poster should be carrying the many laurels won by him and his brand. (bicycle, bike, great art nouveau)

Condition Report: A-/ Slight tears & stains at edges.

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Cycles Peugeot. 1908

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Description: Artist: MICH (Michel Liebeaux, 1881-1923) Size: 63 x 46 1/2 in./159.8 x 118 cm Imp. L. Revon, Paris It's the dawn of a new era for Peugeot: In 1908, Lucien Petit-Breton became the first cyclist to win the Tour de France twice, his many victories outnumbering those of Napoleon. Clearly, had the General had a Peugeot, it would have been a different story. This is the before-letters version of the poster d'après Mich. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B-/ Tears & stains at folds & edges.

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Cycles Wonder. ca. 1920

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Description: Artist: MICH (Michel Liebeaux, 1881-1923) Size: 15 3/4 x 23 3/8 in./40 x 59.3 cm Affiches Gaillard, Paris This zippy, graphic design announces how Cycles Wonder "splashes everything," most especially the competition. (bicycle, bike)

Condition Report: B+/ Slight tears & stains at edges.

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