Contrary to other plastic arts, posters, ephemeral art par excellence, weren’t intended to last or to be kept. In the immediacy and innovation of the message lies its success. The majority of the paper used in vintage advertisement posters is cheap and disposable, usually with a high content of acid.
Our advisory work covers the whole process, from the first analysis of the poster, kept for years without any special protection, until the final valuation, as well as going through different types of restoration and lining.
Our FORTNIGHTLY AUCTION is available for our customers if they want to find the highest bidder for their posters.
We have our own workshop for restoring and lining. Our work is governed by the rules of “CAHIER DE CHARGES DES ARCHIVES DE FRANCE”.
We certify that all modifications added to the poster will be neutral, durable and reversible.
One of the ways to naturally strengthen and preserve the paper is to mount it to an acid free surface (Japan paper or cloth).
A) Raw cotton cloth (unbleached).
B) Japan paper, also neutral.
C) Starch-based glue.
First of all, we proceed to examine each poster to verify:
1- If it has dust, dirt or stains wished to be removed.
2- If it has tape or any other reinforcement.
3- If it has the type of paper that will withstand humidification.
If the paper will not withstand humidification, once the cloth is stapled in the frame it has to be glued for the Japan paper and then place the poster already glued. We proceed to restoration if we think is necessary.
FOR POSTERS WITHSTANDING HUMIDIFICATION (the majority) WE WILL FOLLOW THESE STEPS:
1- They will be placed in a vertical plane that will allow them to get wet for the paper to lose its stiffness. Water will allow the paper fibres to restructure, which will give back its original appearance.
2- With the help of fine brushes, folds and creases will be smoothed.
3- With a papermaker spatula we remove water excess as well as the last wrinkles.
4- We’ll carefully glue the poster and place it to previously prepared frame.
5- If it’s necessary, and once it’s dried (minimum 4 days), the real restoration will begin or the cloth may be trimmed, which will free the frame.
For the restoration of posters margins, our workshop uses paper from irreplaceable old posters that will fit best because of their texture and colour. We do the same with missing paper .
Once the empty space is polished, to make the integration of the added paper piece easier, we’ll draw the shape on tracing paper and we’ll cut it by hand or with the help of a needle. We’ll proceed to glue it in place.
Once it’s dried we polish it again to obtain a better melting of the papers. Whenever these operations are finished, it will be time to work on drawings and colours, if necessary.
LINING AND RESTORATION PRICE RATE
0- 5 UNITS
+ 10 UNITS
+/- 35 x 50 cm.
+/- 70 x 100 cm.
+/- 80 x 110 cm.
+ 5 UNITS
140 x 100 cm. (Or two-piece)
210 x 100 cm. (Or three-piece)
140 x 200 cm. (Or four-piece)
140 x 300 cm. (Or six-piece)
Lining prices are calculated in the assumption that posters are in optimal conservation conditions.
Lining is just a part of the restoring intervention. This implies other processes of cleaning and chemical stabilization included in the price. For posters with other formats and characteristics we’ll create an individualised budget for each piece.
If the poster is in a degenerative process, physical mistreatment or any other condition that affects its mechanical resistance, we will have to add 60 € for every hour worked in the restoration.
In cases which artistic retouching is necessary to chromatically homogenise the work and retrieve lost information, price is also 80 € per hour invested.
We offer appraise services, whether it is for insurers, inheritances, etc., or simply to know the value of a poster or collection. In the simplest cases our appraise services are free. Those that require more study, both of the posters and the potential market, we’ll prepare a budget for the customer.
We are interested in increasing our original vintage poster collection. We regularly buy posters from all kind of collectors, great and small. This allows us to offer competitive prices to our sellers. If you own a poster or an entire collection send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us (+34 626590929) to see how we could help you.
Our expert, Ignasi Solé, may be able to travel if posters require a more rigorous examination than the simple image or description that an email can provide.
Original Poster Barcelona offers a rental service of posters to film and TV producers, temporary decor, events, etc. By doing this, we contribute to solve the always identifiable reproduction, the unnecessary purchase, etc.
1 - 2 MONTHS
20% POSTER VALUE
30% POSTER VALUE
40% POSTER VALUE
50% POSTER VALUE
The insurance is optional and paid by the customer.