We love our consignors (and they seem to love us too!)

While the majority of posters and prints that we sell at L’Affichiste belong to me, we also sell posters on consignment. Selling on consignment essentially means that we act as the middleman between the actual owner of the poster and the client who ultimately purchases it, through us. This kind of arrangement works out well for the owner of the work (who may not have as wide a ‘reach’ as an established gallery, like ours, does), the gallery that sells the work (because we make a commission on the sale), and the purchaser (who benefits from the fact that the poster is in the gallery at all!).

1931 French Art Deco Poster, Gitanes Cigarettes  - Dransy

1931 French Art Deco Poster, Gitanes Cigarettes – Dransy

Folks often approach us, asking us to sell posters on their behalf. Most of the time the posters are not quite right for us (either they aren’t vintage, they aren’t to my taste, or the buyer has an exaggerated estimate of what the poster is worth), but on occasion I have been fortunate to find consignors who not only had great posters, but who also have become great friends. One of these gentlemen (let’s call him Bill) is a gentleman in the truest sense(s) of the word: he’s gentle, he has great poise and restraint, and he speaks with the slow, Southern drawl that Rhett Butler made famous in Gone with the Wind.

1920sl German Art Deco Poster, Cruwell Mekka Tabak Cigarette

1920sl German Art Deco Poster, Cruwell Mekka Tabak Cigarette

1900  French Belle Epoque Poster, Cigarettes Saphir Advertisement - Stephano

1900 French Belle Epoque Poster, Cigarettes Saphir Advertisement – Stephano

 

An recent article described him this way: “a navy vet, a homegrown guy … he looks pretty good for a guy who’s squeezed by 70. He’s got a mustache now, a checkered shirt and a cigar in his hand…He’s not much of a self-promoter. He’s what you might call a person of interest-not in a criminal sense, but in the sense that everything in that his office says something about him, where he came from, what he thinks, what he’s curious about.”

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1930s Chinese Cigarette Advertisement.

Bill and I get along like a house on fire. He has learned to accept the fact that my book-keeping is well-intentioned, if not precise, and I have forgiven him for the fact that his posters are remarkably odorific when they arrive in the gallery (Bill is a major cigar smoker). I’ve sold hundreds of his posters (and I look forward to selling hundreds more!), and each time I do, Bill thanks me sincerely and tells me I’m doing a good job. I appreciate that almost as much as I appreciate the man himself.

1912 French Art Deco Poster, Je Ne Fume Que Le Nil - Cappiello

1912 French Art Deco Poster, Je Ne Fume Que Le Nil – Cappiello

1920s French Art Deco Vintage Poster, Cachou Lajaunie - Cappiello

1920s French Art Deco Vintage Poster, Cachou Lajaunie – Cappiello

Every now and then I’ll write about some of our other consignors. I am thankful for their trust, their posters, and now, their friendship. They help us provide one of the most outstanding collections of vintage posters available anywhere – and for that I thank them!

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