Interested in buying a vintage poster? Take a look at Lisa Tyler’s tips from Galerie Rouge before you make any purchases.
Ask any expert how to select a poster, and they will tell you, “Buy what you like.” Poster collecting is based on personal taste. Loving the art you purchase is essential because you have to live with it. But with so many wonderful choices, how do you narrow the field to select the perfect vintage poster for you?
Learning as much as you can about posters is a great beginning. Poster style is dependent on the period they are from (art nouveau, art deco, mid-century, modern), the country they originate from (French, Swiss, Polish, American, Russian, Italian) and the artist. Galerie Rouge has one of the largest collections of poster books in the area and is always willing to share these with customers. The owner, Lisa Tyler, has been selling posters for more than 14 years and collecting for more than 25 and is always willing to share her knowledge. Of course the web is a great source of information as well a way to view a plethora of poster images.
After you have decided what type of posters to buy, you are faced with the quandary of how to buy. Shopping for original vintage posters is like shopping for any other antiques; you can find them for sale at lots of places, for lots of prices. It is safer to work with a reputable poster dealer. A dealer of integrity will stand behind his product. They can advise you on the poster‘s condition, collectibility, authenticity, as well as provide information about the artist and subject matter. Because reputable dealers acquire their posters from creditable sources they are unlikely to offer you a piece of fraudulent or damaged art.
Prices vary according to an individual poster‘s condition, rarity, subject matter, and artist. You may see varying prices, but make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Almost all posters you will see will be mounted on linen (a special acid-free paper, bonded to a linen material). This protects the fragile paper, eliminates folds and allows for any necessary restoration.
Once you have purchased a poster, you will need to have it framed by a reputable picture framer. Luckily Galerie Rouge has it’s own frame shop with a total of more than 50 years of framing expertise. Their team of experts will help guide through the framing experience. They will also make sure your new purchase will be framed in a manner that protects it’s value. In addition the owner will deliver and install the finished product.
For more information on vintage posters and the selection at Galerie Rouge, visit their website. Or visit them at 2600 East 3rd Avenue in Cherry Creek.