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Read about original Art Deco posters, what to collect and who to collect. Learn about the artists and the different themes they loved to design. Check out my collecting tips for buying and conservation and finally, check out some current listings.
Posters and prints of the Art Deco era represent the best of graphic design in this century. The printer's art had reached previously unknown levels of skill and quality, graphic designers were producing outstanding new and modern images to reflect the progress of the age.
The opulence of the 1920s brought about a period of mass consumerism
and mass production which in turn needed an advertising industry to
Most collectors of original Art Deco posters narrow down their choice by subject, artist, size or medium. There is a huge range of subjects to choose from.
More specialised areas include:
Collecting individual artists can be much more difficult and expensive,
especially if one picks a big name.
However, there are equally attractive Art Deco posters by many lesser known artists which can be very affordable. Even some of the lesser known or later works of the big names can still be surprisingly inexpensive.
Have a look at what is available from the specialist dealer Rare Posters by clicking on the banner below:
My best advice is always buy what you like, and buy the best you can afford. Look out for condition. Small amounts of foxing and dirt can be restored by an expert, but fading by sunlight is impossible to rectify. The trend these days is to restore as little as possible, but a little gentle cleaning can make a big difference.
Check out the original Art Deco posters currently available on eBay USA and UK. Make sure you only buy from sellers with a good feedback rating. Preferably 100%!
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