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    World War I Propaganda (United States Fuel Administration, 1917). Very Fine- on Linen. Full-Bleed Conservation Poster (20.5" X 27.75") "Light Consumes Coal," Clarence Coles Phillips Artwork.
    An innovator in his field, Clarence Coles Phillips was a popular illustrative and commercial artist from the 1900s to the 1920s. His usual style, popularized on the covers of such magazines as Life and Good Housekeeping, typically involved depictions of graceful women with his unique "fade away" technique, where elements of the foreground blended into a background of the same color. In this gorgeous and distinctive poster, Phillips breaks from his usual designs to embrace the European Art Noveau. In particular, he seems to have been inspired by one of Peter Behren's 1910 posters for the German General Electric Company. This piece by Phillips has a bold and wonderfully intricate design completely different from most WWI American propaganda pieces, a gem for history collectors and art enthusiasts. The poster's colors have held up very well over the last century, making this piece an impressive first presentation at Heritage. It has had no touchup applied after linenbacking, and shows mild edge wear with small tears, some slight creases, and a moderate tear in the lower right corner. The linen has been trimmed nearly to the border, but this dos not effect the stunning effect of this incredible poster. Very Fine- on Linen.


    Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000.

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