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 Decorative Items 

LEHMANN-DUMONT, Karl. [A serio-comic map of Europe on the brink of World War One]
Humoristische Karte von Europa im Jahre 1914. Dresden: Leutert & Schneidewind, 1914. Wood engraving, printed in colour, printed area 340 x 485mm. Minor restoration.
A German separate-issue caricature map of Europe on the brink of war, with a strong propaganda content. Both Germany and Austria are depicted as grinning soldiers: Germany has one hand on France's shoulder, the other punches the Russian bear in the head; Austria aims his bayoneted rifle at a bearded Russian face. The Russian, swigging from a bottle of vodka, is chained to the bear by nose rings. England has a mailed fist in his face and a zeppelin in the ribs, while Ireland cuts the chain England holds and the Indian python strangles his bulldog. Turkey reclines, smoking and looking away. In an inset Japan is shown as a half-clothed tribesman, wielding a sword.
[Ref: 16368]    £2,200.00 ($3,080 • €2,508 rates)

ROBIDA, Albert. [The Appetite of the German Octopus]
L'Appétit de la Peuvre. Paris, c.1914. Chromolithograph. Sheet 360 x 260mm. Wear to edges.
A French satire on the aggressively expansionist policies of Germany, depicting the German Eagle with octopus tentacles enveloping the world. Robida worked for this 'La Caricature' magazine between 1880 and 1892, appearing in 650 issues, often on the cover. As well as his caricature work he was also a visionary: his sketches of war depict guided missiles and poison gas. Another sketch showed a mountaineer enjoying the view while listening to his 'phono-opéragraphe', with cables connected to his ears.
[Ref: 17542]    £2,600.00 ($3,640 • €2,964 rates)

GONELLS, R. [A fine manuscript 'Serio-Comic' map of First World War Europe]
1915. Carte d'Europe. Paris, 1915. Ink and watercolour on cartridge paper. 430 x 560mm.
A professional-quality satirical map depicting the countries of Europe during the second year of the First World War. At the centre is a figure representing Germany, wearing a pickelhaube (spiked helmet) and a Kaiser-Bill moustache, sword in one hand and poison-gas canister in the other. Underneath is a decrepid old man on crutches waving a wooden sword, a sad indictment of the fomer glories of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Germany's third ally, the Ottoman Empire, is shown with legs amputated above the knee, with only stilts in their place. Bulgaria sharpens his sword. Surrounding Germany are its opponents: both England and Russia are turning their big guns on Germany, while French, Serbian and Italian soldiers advance with bayonets fixed. Cartographical accuracy is ignored in this satire, with the countries only rough shapes. However it should be noted that Scotland is an island, Serbia is east of Austria and there is no Bosphorus separating Europe and Asia. We assumed that this caricature was drawn for publication: however we have been unable to trace any printed version. The artist was serious when he wrote 'Reproduction interdite' in the bottom corner.
[Ref: 15045]    £6,000.00 ($8,400 • €6,840 rates)

SOARES, A. [A comic map of Europe at the start of the Second World War]
Mapa Humoristico Da Europa. Guerra-1939. Lisboa: Livraria Franco, 1939. Colour lithograph. Image 460 x 640mm. A very fine example.
A 'serio-comic' map of Europe, a genre made famous by Frederick W. Rose in the 1870s, here revisited for the Second World War. In this Portuguese version the countries of Europe are represented by exotic animals starting to tear each other apart. The German tiger has drawn blood with each of his four paws, from the Polish rhinoceros, Czech lynx, Austrian camel and French lion. The poor rhino also has the claws of the Russian polar bear in its rump. Elsewhere the Britain is a leopard, Norway & Sweden are giraffes, Italy & Romania are snakes, Yugoslavia is a kangaroo (with a joey in its pouch), Greece a tortoise and Turkey a crocodile.
[Ref: 15429]    £6,500.00 ($9,100 • €7,410 rates)

JANNOT, J.B. [A world map as a chocolatier's competition]
Le Tour du Monde en 120 images Grand Concours du Chocalat Menier. Paris: Chocolat Menier, 1956. Poster map, sheet 645 x 810mm. Original folds flattened.
A map of the world centred on the Pacific with a route around the globe, starting and finishing in Paris. Originally there would have been space underneath the map an area to fix 120 'tickets' collected from Menier chocolate products, with three that giving clues to 'Enigmas' that had to be solved. However, as the tickets had to be sent off in order to join the competition, the paper has been snipped off. The artist was J.B. Jannot, who used the pen-name Jan-Loup. He worked as an illustrator for Lisette magazine in the 1950s and early 1960s, as well as authoring his own comic stories and producing book jackets.
[Ref: 16660]    £1,250.00 ($1,750 • €1,425 rates)

Anonymous. [A socialist protest poster after the 1974 military coup in Portugal]
Il Portogallo non sara' il Chile d'Europa. Italian, c.1974. Lithograph, printed in black and red. Sheet 410 x 305mm.
A poster with the head of a soldier wearing a helmet, his face made from a map of Portugal. Above is the anti-fascist slogan 'Portugal will not be the Chile of Europe'; this was the slogan of the 'Carnation Revolution' which overthrew the authoritarian regime of the Estado Novo in April 1974. The hope was that the coup wasn't going to emulate Augusto Pinochet's coup of 1973, which saw a thousand executions in the first six months, the abolition of civil liberties and 500% inflation in the first year. Instead Portugal evolved into a democratic country.
[Ref: 17591]    £900.00 ($1,260 • €1,026 rates)

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