Category Archives: Illustrators

FABULOUS LADIES’ PARTY WEAR—LISTENING TO THE BEAT OF NECESSARY LUXURY IN VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART

Fourrures Max, Leroy and Schmid 1912;Charles Martin;11″ X 7 5/8″;A, P When frigid New Year’s Eve seems to check mate one’s hopes for fanning the flames, there is always an answer in the form of furs comprising a cozy house … Continue reading

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DRESSED TO KILL—FORMAL ATTIRE IN GRAPHIC ART

Salem Gold 1914;Anonymous;10 1/8″ x 7 3/8″;A,P; litho from Die Reklame The Party Season is upon us; and we felt that showing vintage graphic art vignettes of serious party animals would be fun and edifying. In this instalment we’ll let … Continue reading

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PARIS, THAT GOLDMINE OF GRAPHIC ART!

Pacha Noir 1890s;Jules-Alexandre Grun; 48″ X 34″; B+, L About 1890, Parisian artist, Jules Cheret, discovered an efficient and low-cost technique for the production of lithographs, leading to a torrent of advertising graphics adding even more brilliance, delight and mystery to the … Continue reading

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PARIS 1926

Paris Streets 1926;Charles Laborde;13″ x 16″;Engraving from portfolio,Rues et Visages de Paris A most amazing engraved graphic that allows us to enjoy the excitement in the streets of this romantic city!

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ZELDA ILLUMINATES OUR COLLECTION!

This week, for the first time, our blog does not centre upon instances of graphic design redolent of an avant-garde of the early twentieth century. Instead we’re catching up with a current magazine which has delighted us for years now, … Continue reading

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WHEN OCEANS WERE DEEP–PASSENGER SHIPS ON THE ATLANTIC

 Allan Line Royal Mail  c.1910;To and From Canada;James S. Mann;40”x25”;A-,P Before aviation hit its stride, but after sailing ships were retired, steamships (designed with great care) were the main link between Europe and North America. In this blog we’ll narrow … Continue reading

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WAY DOWN YONDER: A NEW DAY ON OLD TURF

We recently did some work with the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana. This, we have found to our delight, is a remarkable collection of American and European painting, sculpture, decorative art, vintage graphic art and vintage books (historical … Continue reading

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NOTHING SKETCHY ABOUT THE SKETCH

The British periodical known as The Sketch (1893-1959) took upon itself the project of showing “aristocracy” in a positive light. In addition to its coverage of expensive events and pampered heirs and heiresses, it was able to attract illustrators and–most … Continue reading

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FALL FASHIONS OF LONG AGO—STILL YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME

  Salo de Creacions 1935;Gerard;19 ¼” x 13 ¼”;A, L Fall fashions and Halloween come together where we live, due to most of the population being intent on playing out (every day, every season) some variant of Road Warrior—a bit … Continue reading

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VINTAGE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS BY PERE CASTOR

Bravo, Tortue(Bravo Tortoise), 1950; 7″ x 8 1/4″ Last week we met, Christina, working at our beloved Cafe Neuf—here in Toronto for a 1 year hiatus from work at the Paris publisher, Flammarion. On hearing this from her, it was … Continue reading

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