Design on the Move

Design on the Move

Iconic Posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection

This April, in partnership with poster specialists Tomkinson Churcher, we are delighted to present Design on the Move: Selected Posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection, a specialist auction of vintage posters at the Mall Galleries in London.

The specialist auction, consisting of 49 lots being sold by Shell to benefit The National Motor Museum Trust, features some of the most successful posters from Shell's celebrated mid-20th century advertising campaigns.

 

BEN NICHOLSON (1894–1982) GUARDSMEN USE SHELL

LOT 37 | BEN NICHOLSON (1894–1982) | GUARDSMEN USE SHELL
lithographic poster, 1938, condition A; not backed, framed
76cm x 114cm (30in x 45 in) | £700 - £900 + fees

 

View Lot 37 ⇒

 

From the 1920s to the 1950s, Shell commissioned some powerful advertising campaigns. The company realised early on that its advertisements promoted not only petrol and oil but also motoring, and motoring meant special pleasures – exhilaration, freedom and the joys of the countryside.

 

LOT 13 | PAUL NASH (1889–1946) | KIMMERIDGE FOLLY, DORSET lithographic poster, 1937, condition A; not backed, framed 76cm x 114cm (30in x 45 in) | £1,500 - £2,000 + fees
LOT 13 | PAUL NASH (1889–1946) | KIMMERIDGE FOLLY, DORSET
lithographic poster, 1937, condition A; not backed, framed
76cm x 114cm (30in x 45 in) | £1,500 - £2,000 + fees

 

View Lot 13 ⇒

 

Commissioned by Jack Beddington, who had a keen eye for young talent, the list of artists reads like a Who’s Who of the British art establishment of the period – Ben Nicholson, Graham Sutherland, Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash. Beddington’s ability to give young contemporary artists a platform to produce original advertisements made the campaigns of his era a great success.

 

TOM ECKERSLEY
LOT 44 | TOM ECKERSLEY (1914-1997) AND ERIC LOMBERS (1914-1978) | SCIENTISTS PREFER SHELL
lithographic poster, 1936, condition A; not backed, framed
76cm x 114 cm (30in x 45 in) | £700 - £900 + fees

 

View Lot 44 ⇒

 

The posters offered for sale are all Lorry Bills which were attached to the sides and backs of Shell lorries, delivering oil and petrol to customers all over the country. These duplicates have come directly from the renowned Shell Heritage Art Collection.

 

GRAHAM SUTHERLAND
LOT 19 | GRAHAM SUTHERLAND (1903–1980) | BRIMHAM ROCK, YORKSHIRE
lithographic poster, 1937, condition A; not backed, framed
76cm x 114 cm (30in x 45 in) | £500 - £700 + fees

 

View Lot 19 ⇒

 

The Shell Heritage Art Collection Manager, Nicky Balfour Penney said: “We are pleased to be offering these iconic Shell posters for auction to raise vital funds for the National Motor Museum Trust to support its world class collections and displays in the National Motor Museum. Featuring some of our most popular works in excellent condition, this is a rare opportunity not to be missed.”

 

JOHN STEWART ANDERSON
LOT 33 | JOHN STEWART ANDERSON | MOTORISTS PREFER SHELL
lithographic poster, 1935, condition A; not backed
76cm x 114 cm (30in x 45 in) | £1,800 - £2,200 + fees

 

View Lot 33 ⇒

 

This unique collection tells the history of British art from the period and gives us many examples of different styles and influences, from Vorticism to Surrealism. It also illustrates the story of how motoring transformed the lives of Britons, opening up the countryside to middle class urban dwellers.

 

YUNGE
LOT 2 | YUNGE | SHELL FOR ANTI-KNOCK
lithographic poster, 1930, condition A-; not backed, framed
76cm x 114cm (30in x 45in) | £2,000 - £3,000 + fees

 

View Lot 2 ⇒

 

The specialist auction Design on the Move: Selected Posters from The Shell Heritage Art Collection is part of our April DESIGN series, celebrating 150 years of design across four UK auctions. The iconic posters are avialble to view online and by appointment only at The Mall Galleries in London from 27-29 April 2021.

 


 

Auction Information

 

MODERN MADE | DESIGN ON THE MOVE:

Posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection

Thursday, 29th April 2021 18:00

Mall Galleries | London

 

View the auction catalogue ⇒

 


 

Vintage Posters

 

Vintage posters remain hugely popular amongst collectors particularly those depicting travel and sports and entertainment from a bygone age. In partnership with Vintage Poster specialists Tomkinson Churcher, Lyon & Turnbull holds specialist auctions of vintage travel and advertising posters throughout the year as part of our Contemporary and Design auctions.  With over 30 years combined experience, Nicolette Tomkinson and Sophie Churcher are international experts in the field of Vintage Posters.  

 

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