The criterion under which posters, especially very old pieces, are evaluated, is different from that of printed graphic art. For this reason, the quality of a poster can still be classified as “very good”, although slight creases, stains
or tears may exist on the exterior. Unless otherwise described, the conditions of the posters are very good or good. The ratings describe the condition of a poster after it has been professionally restored.
The following ratings have been applied:
(A) Designates a poster in very good condition. The colors are fresh; nopaper loss. There may be some slight blemish or tears. (A-) indicates there may be some slight dirt, fold, tears or bubble or other minor restoration, but most unobtrusive. A poster that was folded but is otherwise flawless is rated as an (A-).
(B) Designates a poster in good condition. There may be some slight paper loss. The paper may have yellowed (light-stained). (B-) designates a poster in fairly good condition, possibly with heavier than normal light-staining or noticeable repairs (even in the design area).
(C) Designates a poster in fair condition. The light-staining may be more pronounced; restoration, folds, or flaking are clearly visible.
(D) Designates a poster in bad condition. A good part of such poster may be missing. Colors have faded.
The size is indicated in inches and centimeters, height preceding width.
Usually, the posters are printed in lithograph printing technique. Since determining printing techniques even presents difficulties to experts, all of these are described here as lithographs (L). Only the posters which we can completely affirm as offset printing (O) are described as such.
Colors The dominating colors are described
If a reference to literature is made, the respective poster is illustrated and/or further described there.
C = color
emv = estimated market value
L = lithography
LP = letterpress printing
O = offset printing
oJ = on Japan paper
oL = on linen
P = country of production (of a film)
S = silk screen printing
T = photogravure printing
wf = was folded
Additional condition codes for this sale:
This auction features a number of posters that have been marked with a plastic stripe (PS) for archival purposes. As a result, the poster edges show in various degrees browning from the adhesive.
Based on our personal inspection, we have established the following guidelines:
PS = no browning or browning is not very problematic
PS+ = the browning distracts from the overall image
Please contact us, if you want us to remove the plastic stripes from your poster purchase. We will gladly assist in the process (for a minimal „at cost“ fee).