RARE & IMPORTANT TRAVEL POSTERSPlatinum House 201 lots with images
November 8, 2012Live Auction
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Viewing NotesExhibition & Sale Schedule: Sale 2293 - Rare & Important Travel Posters - begins at 1:30pm in New York on Thurs, November 8. All material in Sale 2293 on display at our premises in New York City, 104 East 25th Street, as follows - Sat, Nov 3: Noon to 5pm - Mon, Nov 5: 10am to 6pm - Tues, Nov 6: 10am to 6pm - Wed, Nov 7: 10am to 6pm - Thurs, Nov 8: 10am to Noon.View all lots in this auction
Lot 1: JUNZO ITO (DATES UNKNOWN). SOUTH MANCHURIA RAILWAY CO. Circa 1930. 41x19 inches, 105x48 cm. Toppan Printing Co. Ltd., Tokyo.
Description: JUNZO ITO (DATES UNKNOWN) SOUTH MANCHURIA RAILWAY CO. Circa 1930. 41 1/2x19 inches, 105 1/2x48 1/4 cm. Toppan Printing Co. Ltd., Tokyo. Condition B+: restoration in image; minor repaired tears at edges. The tracks for the South Manchuria Railway were originally built by the Russians as part of the Chinese Eastern Railway to connect Port Arthur (Lushun) with Dalian (Dairen) on the Liaodong Peninsula. The network was turned over to the Japanese as reparations in the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese War. The company developed commerce all along the line to take advantage of the region's abundant natural resources (from coal mines to soy fields), and then built the infrastructure necessary to support the industries there, such as warehouses, schools, hospitals and more. The railway literally became the vehicle by which the Japanese penetrated into China for both colonization and commerce. It grew to become the largest corporation in Japan. Japan formally invaded Manchuria in 1931, setting up a puppet state called Manchuko.View additional info »
Description: JUNZO ITO (DATES UNKNOWN) SOUTH MANCHURIA RAILWAY CO. Circa 1930. 38x29 1/4 inches, 96 1/2x74 1/4 cm. Condition B+: restored losses at edges, some affecting image; repaired tears and restoration in margins and image. What at first glance appears to be a traditional railway poster is actually a sophisticated allegorical representation filled with imagery connected with the South Manchuria Railway Company. Amongst the prominent symbolism is the woman's clothing, a regional robe from Jiandao, an area on the border between China and Korea which had been annexed by Japan in 1910; her elaborate hair is actually a fan of decorative railway ties; she is holding a lamb, which is representative of the wool production in Manchuria, and the flowers behind her are ginseng, an indigenous Manchurian flower and a great source of revenue.View additional info »
Lot 3: MUNETSUGU SATOMI (1900-1995). ORIENT CALLS. 1936. 39x25 inches, 100x63 cm. Toppan Printing Co., [Tokyo.]
Description: MUNETSUGU SATOMI (1900-1995) ORIENT CALLS. 1936. 39 1/2x25 inches, 100 1/2x63 1/2 cm. Toppan Printing Co., [Tokyo.] Condition A. Japanese-born Satomi moved to Paris in 1922, where he studied at the École des Beaux Arts. During his studies he was clearly influenced by the streamlined, Machine Age, Art Deco look of works by A.M. Cassandre. The first Oriental Tourist Conference was held in Tokyo in 1935, for the following year Satomi designed this poster to help promote the event using photomontage images of modes of transportation, a map and stylized ethnic figures from across the Orient.View additional info »
Lot 4: MUNETSUGU SATOMI (1900-1995). JAPAN. 1937. 35x29 inches, 89x74 cm. Seihan Printing Co., Osaka.
Description: MUNETSUGU SATOMI (1900-1995) JAPAN. 1937. 35x29 inches, 89x74 cm. Seihan Printing Co., Osaka. Condition A / A-: minor discoloration along lower left margin; minor repaired tears in margins. For the Japanese Tourist Board, Satomi creates a strong impression of the view from a speeding train--impressively fast, yet enormously beautiful. "Even the telephone poles are dominated by the train's powerful wake" (Art Deco Graphics p. 56). The image manages to compliment both Japanese technical prowess and the glory of the countryside at the same time. Voyage p. 51, Reclame 83, Affiches Art Deco 85, Art Deco Graphics p. 56.View additional info »
Lot 5: D'APRÈS GAKURYO NAKAMURA (1890-1960). JAPAN. Circa 1935. 39x25 inches, 62x63 cm. Kyodo Printing Co., Tokyo.
Description: D'APRÈS GAKURYO NAKAMURA (1890-1960) JAPAN. Circa 1935. 39 1/4x25 inches, 62 1/4x63 1/2 cm. Kyodo Printing Co., Tokyo. Condition B+: overpainting and restoration in margins; creases and minor restoration in image. An evocative, tranquil and Zen-like ink-wash image of a landscape and rising sun.View additional info »