Kick off 2017 with vintage posters sale

London auction house Dreweatts & Bloomsbury is kicking off its 2017 interiors auctions programme on January 10th and 11th with an important collection of property from the late Clifford and Rosemary Ellis, including London Underground posters from a series commissioned in 1933.

The pair also designed posters for the Empire Marketing Board, a government Department established in 1926 with the aim of encouraging people to buy Empire products. The poster campaigns were an integral part of the advertising program and Clifford and Rosemary produced a number of designs during the 1930s. They also designed posters for Shell and the General Post Office.

The lots range in estimate from £100 to £2,000, and here’s a selection to tempt you.

Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, It Is Better To Shop Early,
Lot 144: Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, It Is Better To Shop Early, Colour lithographic poster, 1935, printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd. London & Dunstable, 101 x 63.5cm (39 3/4 x 25in.) Unframed. Commission by London Transport, Est £400-600.
Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, Underground: Tube Map, Colour lithographic poster
Lot 143: Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, Underground: Tube Map, Colour lithographic poster, 1935, printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd. London & Dunstable, 103.5 x 65cm (40 3/4 x 25 1/2in.) Unframed, Commissioned by London Transport, Est: £300-500.
Lot 140: Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, Travels in Space on your Doorstep, Colour lithographic poster, 1937, printed by Curwen Press, 102 x 64cm (40 1/8 x 25 1/4in) Unframed, commission by London Transport, Est £400-600.
Lot 140: Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, Travels in Space on your Doorstep, Colour lithographic poster, 1937, printed by Curwen Press, 102 x 64cm (40 1/8 x 25 1/4in) Unframed, commission by London Transport, Est £400-600.
Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, Lower Slaughter, Colour lithographic poster
Lot 137: Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, Lower Slaughter, Colour lithographic poster, 1934, 76.5 x 114cm (30 1/8 x 44 7/8in.) Unframed, Commissioned by Shell-Mex and B.P. Ltd. Est: £600-800.

 

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