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"Circuit Europeen"

Subtitled "1r Beaumont 2e Garros sur monoplan Bleriot, moteur Gnome, Magneto Bosch, Helice Normale"

by Gamy

Large image 17 3/4" x 35 1/2"

The image shown is for illustration purposes only, please do not rely upon this image to make your purchasing decision. Each piece that we have for sale is individually described and priced, and you should give careful consideration to those descriptions prior to making your purchase.  If you require additional information or an electronic image of the piece that you are considering, please call or email us. We would also suggest that you read the additional information at the bottom of this page.
  • This piece has been cropped from its original size of  17 3/4" x 35 1/2" to 17 1/8" x 35". The background is bright with no foxing. However, there is light dust staining visible on all of the non image (white) areas and minor evidence of previous framing. This would lead us to believe that the piece was at one time displayed without glass or that the dust sheet to the rear of the frame was omitted or torn. There is a professionally restored tear (by a conservator using acid free materials) to the RH edge, this tear is not obvious from the front. There are thumbtack holes to the extremes of all 4 corners that  were repaired at the same time as the tear. There is a stain to the rear upper edge (approximately 3" in size) that is not apparent to the front. None of these defects will be visible once the piece is framed, and it will make an excellent display. As a bonus this piece has just been cleaned and de-acidified by a professional conservator (a $100.00 value).  Copyright date is 1911, the colors are vivid and even allowing for the minor issues previously described  we would rate the overall condition as very good or better, price is $550.00 plus S&H. 

CONDITION AND PRICE RANGES

The normal condition that these pieces are found in will almost always include a brownish toning to the paper, the colors will likely be muted, they may have been cropped and there may be mat burns, toning and staining from previous acidic framing materials.  Approximate pricing in this condition will be in the $300.00 to $800.00 range depending upon desirability of the image and the rarity of the piece.

Occasionally, pieces will be found in excellent condition having been stored unframed and unexposed to damaging light sources. In this condition they will have almost white backgrounds with vivid image colors and they always command top prices.  This is particularly true for the more desirable and rare images, which in pristine condition can fetch thousands of dollars. Therefore, it is not practical to provide a meaningful price range for pieces in outstanding condition, as the image becomes the determining factor.

CAUSE AND EXPLANATION OF ( NORMAL ) CONDITION

Consideration must be given to the fact that these pieces were produced at the turn of the century and that their predominant use was a decorative poster.  The paper is of a type that is similar to newsprint and it will ultimately take on a brownish tint even if kept in a drawer!  In addition many were originally framed using acidic matting and backer boards, causing staining and premature darkening of the paper.

The majority of these pieces were displayed without regard to their longevity.  They were hung in locations that subjected them to direct sunlight and in later years they were exposed to fluorescent lighting.  After almost 100 years in these harsh environments the colors have faded and in some extreme cases they have been totally bleached out.

In addition, it is not unusual to find pieces that have been cropped to remove edge damage or to fit into an inexpensive “off-the-shelf” frame.  Also, many of them have suffered insect or damp damage and even “self-inflicted” damage due to the high level of acidity in the original paper.