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Mid-Century Modern Posters

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Original Vintage Schleppe Bier Poster Austria Beer Advertising, 1950s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
A beautiful lithographed Poster for Schleppe Bier Advertising. It is featuring a great image of an Austrian woman in original costume who serves half a beer. Published by Werbung, Wa...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Vintage Mid Century Travel Poster Graz Austria Summer Festivals d'Ete
Located in London, GB
Original vintage travel advertising poster for the Summer Festivals d'Ete Graz Styrie Autriche Austria opera concert spectacle plain air representations from 25 June to 15 July 1956 ...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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'Chauffe-Eau Électrique' Original Vintage Poster by Jean Colin, Circa 1950
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
'Chauffe-Eau Électrique' original vintage poster by Jean Colin, Circa 1950 A very cheerful and happy poster advertising a hot water system. This poster has been linen backed for p...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Exhibition Poster, Le Corbusier, 'Musee National D’art Moderne', 1953
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original Exhibition Poster, Le Corbusier- 'Musee National D’art Moderne', 1953 Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, u...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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'Laco' by Raymond Savignac, Original Vintage Mid-Century Poster
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
'Laco' by Raymond Savignac, original vintage mid-century poster. A fun poster by Savignac in 1960, to advertise the French gastronomic kitchen appliances company – “Laco”. As the ...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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French Original Mid-Century Advertising Poster, 'Radiola' Designed by Rene Ravo
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
French original mid-century advertising poster, 'Radiola' designed by Rene Ravo A bright and cheerful poster advertising the electronic brand, 'Radiola'. This poster was designed...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Hair Theatre De La Porte Saint-Martin Original Vintage Poster, Circa 1960
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Hair theatre De La Porte Saint-Martin original vintage poster This is an original vintage poster advertising the original production of the hit musical, HAIR. This image was also ...
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1950s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Le Corbusier, Poeme de L'Angle Droit 1955 Original Vintage Poster
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Le Corbusier - Poeme de L'Angle Droit 1955 original vintage poster Condition Excellent Format  Linen backed Dimensions  61 x 40 cm Artist Le Corbusier Year 1955.
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Marcel Duchamp Lampe Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotorelief, 1987 Konig Series 133, Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pl...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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The Beatles by Richard Avedon, Offset Lithographs, for Stern Magazine
Located in New York, NY
The Beatles by Richard Avedon, Offset Lithographs, for Stern Magazine. The four offset lithographic posters are from the original 1967 printing. The edition size is unknown but very ...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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1960s Austria Travel Poster by Harry Stevens Pop Art
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
1960s travel poster for Austria designed by Harry Stevens for Hants and Dorset Buses, UK rolled. Measures: L 76cm x W 51cm.
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1960s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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1960s Spain Travel Poster by Royston Cooper Pop Art
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
1960s travel poster for Spain designed by Royston Cooper for Hants and Dorset Buses, UK. Rolled. Measures: L 76.5cm x W 51cm.
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1960s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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1960s Travel Poster for Belgium and Holland by Harry Stevens Pop Art
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
1967 travel poster for Belgium and Holland designed by Harry Stevens for Hants and Dorset Buses, UK. Rolled. Measures: L 76cm x W 51cm.
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1960s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Marcel Duchamp Oeuf a la Coque Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotorelief, 1987 Konig Series 133, Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887-2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess play...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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“Le Visage Gris” Limited Edition Lithograph Signed by Andre Minaux
Located in Armonk, NY
“Le Visage Gris” limited edition lithograph signed by Andre Minaux “Le Visage Gris” is an original lithograph by André Minaux. It features an abstracted portrait of a woman in gr...
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Albi Calder by Alexander Calder Lithograph Poster
Located in Armonk, NY
Albi Calder by Alexander Calder lithograph poster Remarkable Alexander Calder lithograph encased in a silver frame. This lithograph is titled “Albi Calder and features swirling li...
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Mid-Century Modern Framed Signed Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art Poster 1970s Senator
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a framed, pop op art poster, "Moffet for Senator," signed by Roy Lichtenstein, numbered 20/300, circa the 1970s. In excellent vintage condition. The dimensi...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Vintage Poster Amsterdam Fashion Week Mid Century Design Sewing Textile
Located in London, GB
Original vintage Mid-Century Modern advertising poster for the Amsterdam Fashion Week 14-21 May 1949 featuring a colourful illustration of an open pair of sewing scissors balancing b...
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1940s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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'Mothra vs. Godzilla' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Japanese, 1964
Located in Devon, GB
Giant moth-god Mothra takes on the King of the Monsters on this dynamic Japanese B2 poster for the original 1964 release of Ishiro Honda's kaiju classic 'Mothra vs. Godzilla.' Ins...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Marcel Duchamp Poisson Japanese Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotorelief, 1987 Konig Series 133, Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pl...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Large Mid-Century Framed "Baja California" Map, c.1967
Located in San Francisco, CA
About An original mid-century framed map of Baja California, Mexico. Creator: The Arhur H. Clark Company. Date of manufacture: c.1967. Materials and techniques: Maple, paper....
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Wood, Paper

Albin Uldry Original Movie Poster, Swiss Made, 1968 in Green, Blue and Silver
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern signed Albin Uldry original newly framed in a high gloss black wood, movie poster entitled, Swiss made, from 1968 in metallic silver, green and blue. ...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Raoul Dufy Mourlot Art Poster, Extended Exhibition Date
Located in Arles, FR
Original midcentury Raoul Dufy art poster from the 1950s printed by Mourlot, Paris with extended exhibition date. Raoul Dufy was a renowned artist that created excellent works of ...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Mid-Century "Hommage a Pablo Picasso" Lithograph / Poster
Located in San Diego, CA
Highly collectible mid-century "Hommage a Pablo Picasso" anniversary lithograph / poster, circa 1971. The print is in good vintage condition with some creases as shown in the picture...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Vintage 1960's Advertising Poster, 'CAMPARI' by Piatti
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original vintage 1960's advertising poster, 'CAMPARI' by Piatti. Year 1966 Dimension: 90 x 128cm Condition Excellent Artist Piatti Format Linen-backed This p...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Marcel Duchamp Verre de Boheme Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotorelief, 1987 Konig Series 133, Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pl...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Audrey Hepburn "Roman Holiday" Original Vintage Movie Poster, American, 1953
Located in Devon, GB
A delightful US window card for Audrey Hepburn's 1953 Hollywood debut "Roman Holiday," the reverse Cinderella story of a frustrated young princess who eludes her attendants for 24 ho...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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James Bond 'Thunderball' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Japanese, 1965
Located in Devon, GB
In Sean Connery's fourth outing as suave secret agent James Bond, 'Thunderball' saw the British spy dispatched to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by Spectre, culmi...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Vintage Poster Perfumery Soviet Chemical Export Mid Century Design USSR
Located in London, GB
Original vintage advertising poster - Perfumery Sojuzchimexport Moscow - featuring a Mid-Century Modern design depicting a smiling young lady dressed in a blue and white top, brown s...
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1950s Russian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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1960s Polish Cyrk Circus Dog Poster Pop Art Illustration
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Original 1966 Polish circus promotional poster designed by Roman Cieslewicz. First edition color offset lithograph. Folded. Measures: L 97cm x W 67cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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1970s Queens Jubilee London Guard Poster by Feliks Topolski
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Original 1977 promotional poster for the Queen's Jubilee designed by Feliks Topolski, UK. First edition color offset lithograph. Rolled. Measures: L 115.5cm x W 45.5cm.
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1970s British Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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1960s Polish Cyrk Circus Dog Poster Pop Art Illustration
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Original 1969 polish circus promotional poster designed by Wiktor Gorka. First edition color offset lithograph. Folded. Measures: L 98cm x W 68cm.
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1960s Polish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Vintage Poster, 'BEMBERG “OCCHIO ALLA FODERA' by Rene Gruau
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original vintage poster, 'BEMBERG “OCCHIO ALLA FODERA' by Rene Gruau This is a poster by the famous Italian fashion illustrator, Rene Gruau. "Gruau’s fashion illustrations epitomi...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Picasso Lithography, Drawings Exhibition, 1961
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Lithography poster by Pablo Picaso, 1961. Made by himself as the poster of his exhibition on the Gallery "Sala Gaspar" in Barcelona. Limited edition of 500 In good original c...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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1960s Anatomical Chart Human Skeleton by Wilhelm Hagemann, Germany
Located in Antwerp, BE
Anatomical wall chart of the human skeleton by Wilhelm Hagemann Germany. This vintage school teaching chart or didactic chart is dated 1961. It's a pull down map - roll up chart. Thi...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Linen, Wood, Paper

Fondation Maeght Joan Miro Abstract Poster, 1968, Paris, France
Located in National City, CA
Inscription en français: “ DU 23 JUILLET AU 30 SEPTEMBRE 1968 SAINT-PAUL 06, FONDATION MAEGHT. Copyright Maeght Editeur- Arte Paris.” Rectangular shape with aluminum frame. Icon...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Vintage Poster Lottery Bulgaria Midcentury Modern Design Travel Abroad
Located in London, GB
Original vintage advertising poster for the Bulgarian State Lottery - For 50 cents you can make a trip abroad! / ???????? ??????? ????? 50 ??. ?????? ?? ????????? ????????? ? ???????...
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1960s Bulgarian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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'Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster' Original Movie Poster, Japanese, 1964
Located in Devon, GB
The fearsome three-headed King Ghidorah towers over iconic rival Godzilla on this scarce and surprisingly charming B2 poster for the original release of the popular Japanese kaiju cl...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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'Mothra vs. Godzilla' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Japanese, 1970
Located in Devon, GB
Giant moth-god Mothra takes on the King of the Monsters on this dynamic Japanese B2 poster for a 1970 re-release of Ishiro Honda's kaiju classic 'Mothra vs. Godzilla.' Inspired by a...
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1970s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Marcel Duchamp Cage Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887–2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pla...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Marcel Duchamp Cage Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887–2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pla...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Folies Bergere Poster "Folie Je T'adore" 1960s Show by Aslan
Located in London, GB
A fabulous original 1960s large Folies Bergere poster by artist Alain Gourdon Aka AsLan. It depicts a semi clad, sequinned showgirl with top hat and pink and white feather boa. Signe...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Rare Original Vintage Advertising Poster, 'Eminence' by Rene Gruau, Circa 1975
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Rare original vintage advertising poster, 'Eminence' by Rene Gruau, Circa 1975 Artist Rene Gruau Condition Excellent Dimensions 160 x 120 cm Format Linen backed Y...
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1930s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original Vintage Double Sheet Poster, 'Bemberg Arredamento Cat' by Rene Gruau
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original vintage double sheet poster, 'Bemberg Arredamento Cat' by Rene Gruau Artist Rene Gruau Condition Excellent Year 1964 Dimensions: 140 x 200 Format Line...
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1930s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Pierre Soulages "Berggruen Poster", 1958
Located in London, GB
This original lithographic poster was produced for the solo exhibition of Pierre Soulages at the Galerie Berggruen in 1958. Printed by Mourlot, a fine art lithographic printers w...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Affiche Zoo of Antwerp with Monkey by R.Landois , 1954, Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-20th Century Poster - Affiche - Litho Offset for the Zoo of Antwerp. With beautiful design by R.Landois : A green colored poster with a spider monkey - at , designed for the ...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Posters

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'Superman Flies Again' Original Vintage Australian Daybill Movie Poster, 1954
Located in Devon, GB
Superman jets off on this super rare stone lithography daybill poster for the Australian release of 'Superman Flies Again,' a 1954 compilation of three episodes of the hit US televis...
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1950s Australian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Huge Vintage Barbarella Movie Poster in White Frame
Located in Berlin, DE
Huge vintage Barbarella movie poster in white frame.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Marcel Duchamp Cage Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887–2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pla...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Marcel Duchamp Cage Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887–2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pla...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Marcel Duchamp Cage Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887–2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pla...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Marcel Duchamp Cage Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887–2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pla...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Marcel Duchamp Cage Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887–2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pla...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Marcel Duchamp Cage Rotorelief Konig Series 133, 1987
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Marcel Duchamp Rotoreliefs, 1987 Konig Series 133. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (French 28 July 1887–2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess pla...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Original "La Dolce Vita" Film Poster, 1960
Located in New York, NY
Original Italian film poster for La Dolce Vita from 1960. Very few are known to have survived. The motion picture directed by Fellini starred Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. I...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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James Bond 'Thunderball' Original Vintage Movie Poster, Japanese, 1974
Located in Devon, GB
In Sean Connery's fourth outing as suave secret agent James Bond, 'Thunderball' saw the British spy dispatched to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by Spectre, culmi...
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1970s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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James Bond "From Russia With Love" Original Vintage Movie Poster, Japanese, 1964
Located in Devon, GB
In Sean Connery's second outing as James Bond, "From Russia With Love" saw the British spy battling a secret crime organization known as Spectre. The follow-up to 007's 1962 debut in...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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Leo Castelli Poster
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Leo Castelli poster.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Posters

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