Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Four 1930s Shell Oil Posters



Surprising at it might at first seem, Shell was one of the twentieth century's most important patrons of the arts. The company had a huge collection of original artwork as well as commissioning some of the greatest artists of the time to design their posters and other commercial images. These four 1930s posters are all from a recent sale. From top to bottom they are by Duncan Grant, Edna Clarke Hall, Rex Whistler and Algernon Newton. All had estimates in the low hundreds but all failed to sell save for the Whistler which sold under-estimate for £160. If this kind of 1930s commercial art floats your boat then you might like to explore the Shell Collection at The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu




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