Art Deco prints, both originals and reproductions, are fabulous to
collect and a great way to decorate your home. The 1920s in particular
represented the heyday of lithographic art, particularly in Fashion
illustration, where the high quality stencil lithograph (or pochoir) was
Pochoir prints are sought after today as they were such incredibly high
quality and have stood the test of time. Paul Poiret costumes feature
widely in Pochoir prints, superbly illustrated by the best artists of
the day such as Georges Barbier and Erte. These prints appeared in the
magazines of the day, publications such as Gazette du Bon Ton and Art
Goût Beauté. It is rare to find intact copies of these now, as they
have all been taken apart for the prints. So a complete copy is a real
Due to the developments in printing techniques the magazines, catalogues and books of the Art Deco era contain some of the most beautiful prints ever produced. Later in the century printing became more mechanized, the quality of paper became cheaper and magazine printing quality deteriorated. The advent of photography also meant that artist produced images were a thing of the past.
But the quality of the prints contained in magazines, catalogues and books of the Art Deco era often means that these are now sold as individual pages and there is still a large quantity of collectable and affordable images available.
With better printing methods and more colours available, advertising
was big business in the 1920s and 1930s and the advert and the poster
became major expressions of the artists' and designers' art.
Advertisements for foods, cigarettes, cosmetics, travel, shipping,
automobiles, railways, sports, theatre, movies and much more would
appear as large posters and also in the magazines of the day. These are
also widely collected as originals, or as reproductions.
out the original prints available on Ebay USA and Ebay UK. Note that
the location of the sellers may be in different countries. Always check
the details and refer to my Buying Guide for my tips when buying online.