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    Sunday, July 24th, 2022
    Rene Gruau – Panache,  La Nouvelle Revue du Lido (€150-€200). UPDATE: THIS MADE 200 AT HAMMER

    Nothing evokes a bygone era or jogs a memory quite like a poster.  There are some wonderful ones at the James Adam online sale of the collection of John Rogers which runs until July 27. On offer are 420 posters, many anonymous, others designed by famous and collectible artists from Andy Warhol to Rene Gruau.  There is highly affordable work here from artists like Walter Hofmann, Niki de Saint Phalle, Dick Eiffers, Ludwig Hohlwein, David Klein and Piet Sluis, the late Dutch artist who came to live in Ireland in the 1950’s.

    A poster advertising train travel in Spain put me in mind of Dorothy Parker  travelling from France to Madrid with a linguistically gifted companion.  At the border he spoke no Spanish.  By the time they reached their destination she reported that he was helping the natives along with their subjunctives.  Armed with a post grad in Art History and some experience gained at Christie’s the late John Rogers opened Gallery 29 in Dublin in 2004. This was a lot more than just another poster shop and the sale is a tribute to his discriminating eye for quality.

    Spanish train poster by an anonymous artist (€150-€200). UPDATE: THIS MADE 340 AT HAMMER


    Friday, September 30th, 2011

    Rene Gruau The Red Coat, circa 1950 (£3,000-5,000). (Click on images to enlarge). UPDATE: SOLD FOR £15,000.

    THE autumn sale of of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design at Christie’s in London on October 25 includes these iconic original fashion drawings by René Gruau (1909-2004) renowned haute couture illustrator who fashioned the style of the forties and fifties.  He was favoured by  leading fashion houses, including Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Balmain and Lanvin and was commissioned by the American editor Fleur Cowles in the 1950’s for Look and Flair magazines.


    UPDATE:  THE collection of René Gruau fashion illustrations easily quadrupled its low estimate. Bidding was fierce in the room, on the phone and online, mostly from European collectors and trade. 

    There is contemporary design, Art Nouveau, Modern and Postmodern works in a sale of over 130 lots expected to realise more than £2 million.

    Rene Gruau On the beach, circa 1950 (£3,000-5,000) UPDATE: SOLD FOR £5,000

    Rene Gruau The Blue Bows, circa 1950 (£3,000 -5,000). UPDATE: SOLD FOR £9,375