We’ve held several small sales of duplicates over the years, but we reserved the rarest gems for a moment when we could offer them all together in a globally accessible auction. That moment has arrived! Swann Galleries, one of the world’s premier auction houses for art and design, will hold Letterform Archive’s first-ever auction on May 12, 2021 at 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET.
In anticipation of this special event, join Archive founder and curator Rob Saunders, Swann president and auctioneer Nicholas D. Lowry (yep, you may have seen him on Antiques Roadshow), and Poster House curator Angelina Lippert for an online auction preview.Register to attend
Rob Saunders, Letterform Archive’s Curator and Publisher, is a designer, teacher, publisher, and management consultant, who has collected graphic design and letterforms for over 40 years. Rob began his career teaching at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University, while serving freelance clients and agencies, before founding a book publishing enterprise that included Alphabet Press (graphic design), Picture Book Studio (children’s books), and Rabbit Ears Books (book/audio packages), which was eventually acquired by Simon & Schuster. Prior to founding Letterform Archive he served as a creative and marketing consultant with clients in the hospitality, technology, and financial industries.
Nicholas D. Lowry is President and Principal Auctioneer of Swann Auction Galleries, and is also the Director of Swann’s Vintage Posters Department. As one of the world’s foremost authorities on vintage posters, he has spent nearly 25 years serving regularly as poster appraiser on the PBS television show Antiques Roadshow. He currently sits on the Board of Governors of The National Arts Club, in New York City, for whom he is also Chairman of the Fine Arts Committee and is a member of the Advisory Board of New York's Poster House Museum where he was also a founding patron. In addition, Nicholas is actively involved with many worthy causes, and in a non pandemic era presides over as many as 20 charity auctions a year.
Angelina Lippert is the Chief Curator of Poster House in New York City, the first museum in the United States dedicated to the history of the poster. She holds an MA in the art of the Russian Avant-Garde from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and a BA in Theology and Art History from Smith College. She is the author of The Art Deco Poster, and has lectured at SVA, The Cooper Union, Columbia University, and The Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is a contributing writer to The Muse by the Clio Awards, where she focuses on the history of advertising design, and is an editor for Vintage Poster magazine.