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‘Grand Prix des Nations Automobile’ by Fontanet, 1946

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Noël Fontanet (Swiss 1898-1982)

Rare original poster, dated 1946. The majority of Fontanet’s work was undertaken for resorts, airlines and cruise ships during the 1930s, with apparently very little being created for motor-racing or other automobile themes. This exuberant image promotes one of the very first post-war motor-racing events, the Grand Prix des Nations held in Geneva in 1946. The dynamic styling – red on black – is extremely eye-catching and was to become something of a signature colour scheme for Fontanet in the handful of car and motor-racing posters he created between the war and 1955, when the last motor race was held in Switzerland.

An extremely rare poster, only four other examples are recorded – this being in excellent condition. The poster is framed with an acid-free mount, and float mounted within a plain black oak section frame and glazed with UV Plexiglas.

Poster size: 40 x 28 inches (100 x 70 cm)
Framed size: 48 x 34½ inches (122 x 88 cm)

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