Hans Christiansen Poster, ca. 1902
I found it in a dumpster about 35 years ago. I got it home and a friend of mine just lost his shorts and said, "Oh, my God, oh, my God, I think this is real."
It is real, and it's a poster advertising a magazine called L'art Décoratif, like Art Deco.
Which was an art movement that really got its name in the 1920s. But curiously, this magazine is 20-some-odd years earlier than that. This was an Art Nouveau magazine.
And I'm dating this piece to around 1902. The artist, Hans Christiansen, a very famous German illustrator, designed this piece. People often ask me does the frame make this more valuable? And the most common, shortest answer is no. The frame is very pretty, but frames almost never increase the value of the print that's inside, unless it was a handmade frame by the artist, which this one isn't. At auction, I'd estimate it between $1,000 and $1,500.
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