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Buyer's Guide to Vintage Posters

February 10, 2016
Buyer's Guide to Vintage Posters

Vintage Posters are a great way to bring colour and vibrancy into an interior, not to mention some incredible graphic design from the twentieth century.

If you are looking to purchase a beautiful piece of poster art for your home – where do you start?

First things first – are you buying a reproduction digital vintage poster or an original vintage poster?

3 Things to consider when buying a Reproduction Vintage Poster

Reproduction Posters that are produced via digital printing are more affordable than an original piece, so your considerations are mainly aesthetic -

• Think about the style that you like and suits your look. There are lots of different colour palettes in vintage posters – from bold and colourful through to strong monochromatic pieces. Choose a design you love.

• The other great thing about reproduction vintage posters is that they come in a variety of sizes, so you’ll be able to choose the size that best fits your space. Smaller reproductions of the original large format pieces are great for apartment decorating.

• Finally – think about framing options – if you by a standard sized reproduction poster it will be easier to find an off the shelf frame to present it in. Custom framing options are great, but they do add to the overall cost of the finished piece.

What you need to know before investing in an Original Vintage Poster

If you are considering buying an original vintage poster, then approach it as you would buying art.

Find a reputable poster dealer

With original vintage posters gaining in popularity, there has been an increase in the number of stores selling vintage posters. Some easy checks to make sure you are getting what you pay for:

• Will they provide you with a certificate of authenticity?

• Is the poster linen backed?

• Does the poster feel ‘waxy’?

• Are there registration marks from where the original lithograph plates were aligned?

Get to know the artists

Some artists are more collectable than others – so get to know the artists, their style and their signature pieces.

Three of the best known and collectable poster artists are from France, Villemot, Savignac and Cappiello.

Villemot is particularly well know for his striking series of poster advertisements for Bally.

Across Europe though striking poster art was created – here are some great examples from Poland:

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