In the first half of the 20th century, European travel posters were—and still are—among the most prized examples of the illustrator’s art. In particular ski posters, with their images of chic Swiss and French resorts, conveyed the allure and stylishness of the sporting life. Later this month Christie’s will auction a private collection of these stylish ski-themed posters. An anonymous example advertising Gstaad’s Royal-Hotel & Winter-Palace leads the January 26th sale, where it’s expected to realize $23,130-$30,840.
Two works by Emil Cardinaux (1877-1936) featuring St. Moritz are the next most valuable lots, each valued at $15,420-$23,130, A third travel poster by Cardinaux that features Davos is the next highest price offering, with an estimate of $12,336-$18,504. Among the other high valued lots are works by Herbert Libiszewski, Anton Christoffel, Hans Eggimann, and Hugo Laubi.