Title: Albergo Ristorante Duomo Merano
Size: 39 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches (100 x 70 cm)
Reference Number: 1265
Title: Caccia del Ladro, To Catch a Thief
Size: 55 x 39 1/4 inches (140 x 100 cm)
Reference Number: 1624
Description: WANTED by the police in all the luxury-spots of Europe!… A catch for any woman!
Title: Lago di Garda Riva
Year: ca 1930
Size: 39 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches (100 1/2 x 70 cm)
Reference Number: 1625
Title: Birra di Borgofranco
Size: 52 3/4 x 38 1/4 inches (134 x 97 cm)
Reference Number: 1263
Description: This delightful waitress tray is filled with Borgofranco beer and our top hat imbiber is more than happy to help lighten her load. Even though this lager took highest honors at the 1911 Turin competition, no trace remains of Borgofranco Beer in today’s hop-happy world.
Title: Il Sentiero delle Belve, The Path of the Beast
Year: ca 1930
Size: 27 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches (70 x 100 cm)
Reference Number: 1262
In 1875, brothers Emiddio and Alfredo Mele opened a small clothing store in Naples. With hard work and a policy of selling practical clothes at reasonable prices, their enterprise prospered, and in 1889 they opened a huge blockwide emporium patterned after American department stores. In their quest to make the average Neapolitan citizen fashion-conscious, they launched an all-out publicity campaign that was centered on the most effective medium of communication at the time—the poster. They secured the services of the finest Italian printing and lithography shop, Ricordi of Milan, which attracted their attention after scoring spectacularly well at the first International Poster Biennale in Venice in 1895. Starting the following year, Ricordi printed virtually all Mele posters for the next two decades. The elegant people who inhabit all Mele posters, with their seductive looks, well-matched, delicately colored outfits and overall poise normally associated with the upper class, became the role models of a new bourgeois awareness. Placed carefully in suitable ambiances—the salon, the terrazzo, the exquisitely maintained garden, the yacht or country club—these figures convinced the ordinary Italian housewife that she, too, can enjoy the good life, starting at the very least with the latest fashions from Mele. Unfortunately, Italy was among the most negligent countries when it comes to preserving poster art, and the Mele oeuvre, so important in channeling Italian popular tastes toward appreciation of fashions, is today unbelievably rare.
With the recent success of “Nine” (two Golden Globe nominations), there is a renewed interest in Federico Fellini’s classic ‘8 1/2’. Nine is based on the film 8½, which stands for the number of movies that Federico Fellini had directed to that point. He had previously directed six full-length feature films: (1) Lo sceicco bianco (1952), (2) I vitelloni (1953), (3) La strada (1954), (4) Il bidone (1955, ) (5) Le notti di Cabiria (1957), and (6) La dolce vita (1960). He had collaborated with Alberto Lattuada to film Luci del varietà (1950) and directed two short segments: (1) “Un Agenzia Matrimoniale” from L’amore in città (1953) and (2) “Le Tentazioni del Dottor Antonio” from Boccaccio ’70 (1962). These six full-length films, the three latter projects that he counted for ½ points each, plus this film added to 8½. Maury Yeston has stated that by adding music to the story, it was like adding an extra ½ to the story. The song “Nine” (excised from the film adaptation) adds further symbolism to the number and its relation to Guido and the story.
This is the British Quad poster from the rerelease in 1996. The photograph is before linen-backing. With the linen, the piece is in excellent condition with rich, vibrant colors and no folds or creases.