May 13, 2021 - Sale 2568

Sale 2568 - Lot 291

Price Realized: $ 1,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500


EDDY - JOHNNY. 1938.

46 3/4x31 3/4 inches, 118 3/4x 80 1/2 cm. Harford, Paris.
Condition B+: minor restored losses, repaired tears and creases in margins and image; time-staining in margins; vertical and horizontal folds. Framed.

Jazzy male performing duos were extremely fashionable in the thirties, following the success of the Americans Layton and Johnston. In France, the most famous were Pills and Tabet, and Charlie and Johnny (Charlie being Charles Trenet). Featured alongside him on this rare poster is Eddie Barclay (1921-2005) who at the time was working as a jazz pianist before becoming a French recording industry magnate. We will probably never know anything about PSIM, as it was certainly a pseudonym. Designed using a cut-out technique, this is a stylized, clean, elegant and simple image of the performers.