Cassandre's L'Atlantique to headline sale of poster art in New York

Adolphe Mouron Cassandre's L'Atlantique (1931), valued at $20,000-30,000, is the top lot of a selection of rare and important travel posters going under the hammer at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on October 18.

Cassandre was a prolific graphic designer known for his iconic, highly geometric art deco works inspired by cubism and futurism. 

Cassandre Atlantique Swann
Cassandre's poster designs are among the most iconic of the 20th century

Another example of L'Atlantique made $120,000 against a $50,000-60,000 estimate in New York in 2011.

Hubert Herkomer's Normandie/French Line (1939) is another notable lot, featuring the liner lit up with lights glinting on the water.

The ship itself sank in 1942 after being poorly refitted as a troop carrier - but endures in Herkomer's elegant lithograph. It carries an estimate of $15,000-20,000.

An identical example achieved $22,000 in New York in 2011.

The Nation State and City Welcome the World's Greatest Aviators (1909), by an unknown artist, features an identical valuation.

The poster was produced to celebrate the Wright brothers' return to their hometown of Dayton, Ohio in 1909, after a number of years spent performing demonstration flights throughout Europe and the US.

Wright brothers Ohio
The brothers were greeted by President Taft on their return to the US

Wrights/Flugvorfuhrunghen, a poster by German designer Hans Rudi Erdt announcing a demonstration flight by Orville Wright in 1909, brings an estimate of $12,000-18,000. 

Erdt was a significant contributor to sachplakat - a style of poster art that grew out of Berlin in the 1900s and features bold, flat colours and simplified forms.

Erdt's Heraus!, a poster publicising a 1917 German propaganda film, sold for $18,000 against a $2,000-2,500 valuation at Guernsey's in New York earlier this year.

We have a selection of rare poster art available here.

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