Dec 15, 2011 - Sale 2266

Sale 2266 - Lot 59

Price Realized: $ 20,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
ROGER BRODERS (1883-1953) DUNKERQUE. Circa 1930.
39 1/4x24 3/4 inches, 100x63 cm. Lucien Serre, Paris.
Condition B+: restoration along vertical and horizontal folds; repaired tears and restoration in margins, some affecting image.
"In order to work with precision and to give his designs the realism he wanted, Roger Broders executed most of his posters after tourist postcards" (Broders p.13). This is his only poster for the Chemin de Fer du Nord, and shows a couple on their yacht pulling into the busy port of Dunkirk. Edited by the Syndicat d'Initiatives (the local tourist office, pronounced "Essi" after its initials "S.I.") the poster does not illustrate what a traveler arriving in the city by train would necessarily experience, but does create a refined mood of elegance and ease, and projects a sophisticated image which the railway and Essi would have been looking to impress upon its riders. It is one of only four images he designed that feature an elegant couple in the foreground. Each of the major reference books on Roger Broders cites a different date for this poster. We were only able to locate two records of this poster having come up for auction previously. rare Broders cover and p. 37, Perry / Broders p. 30, La Mer p. 138.