AntikBar specialises in original vintage posters. Most of our stock is listed on our website and covers a variety of subjects - travel, advertising, sport, cinema, war, propaganda - from around the world, mainly from the late 1800s to 1970s.
Services: We offer worldwide delivery, collection advice, consultancy and search on demand services for collectors, individual clients and interior designers. We also offer professional linen backing and poster restoration services with our partners in California.
Events: We host regular original vintage poster auctions, exhibitions and talks at our gallery and participate in other events during the year. We are also available to give educational art history talks and organise special exhibitions.
Please contact us if you have any queries or visit us at our gallery: 404 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LJ (more information, including directions, is given here). Please scroll down for feature links and customer testimonials.
AntikBar is a Member of The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers (LAPADA) and the International Vintage Poster Dealers' Association (IVPDA).
Kirill Kalinin, Founder of AntikBar: "My interest in original vintage poster art and graphic design started in 1993 when I saw an exhibition poster for The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde 1915-1932 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The boldness and sheer visual impact of the image, the composition and bold, bright colours made a lasting impression on me and I decided to look into acquiring some works from that period. After several years of collecting I founded AntikBar."
Posters are a true form of art with a purpose as they were designed to deliver a particular message through striking designs. These original vintage posters were created to grab the attention of passers-by, presenting artists with the challenge of condensing the message or a concept into a precise, short visual and written form in a single artwork. They are important items of social history that capture the essence of the time they were printed. Original vintage posters are recognised as a sound art investment that can be enjoyed every day.
Posters were elevated to an art form by French artists at the end of the 19th century. Struggling to make living, they supplemented their income by designing posters. The standards set by the French poster designers raised the bar for other countries and led to a wider acceptance of this media by the art community. Being very topical, posters absorbed and reflected the prevailing and changing art styles and fashions at a rapid pace and became part of the avant-garde art movement.
(Read also the features on AntikBar by the Financial Times, The Times and Luxury Living Magazine in January 2015, as well as the earlier Financial Times feature on their How to Spend It E-cquisitions page and the article written by AntikBar for the Art, Antiques and Luxury Design blog, all listed on our News & Events page with other poster-related information, including links to our special information pages on skiing, London Underground, constructivism etc.)
Practically all of the posters found on our website are lithographs. This is a method of printing that involves carving each colour of the image onto a piece of stone. The poster sheet is then imprinted consecutively with a stone slab for each colour, creating a stunning and rich image. With the exception of silk printing, I believe that other printing techniques do not deliver the same impact of colour as lithography.
Here are a few comments from customers who have ordered posters from our website and customers who have used our poster restoration services, as well as visitors who have left us general comments about our gallery and events:
“A note to thank you for the poster...ordered yesterday, received this morning in Scotland, sensibly packed and fairly described. That’s customer service. Many thanks, C.”
“I regret that I am unable to visit your shop at this time but I really am amazed at your website and collection. Thank you very much. J.”
“I just received the poster back from framing and it is lovely. Thank you very much! N.”
“Wow. The poster arrived and it is just so lovely it made D. cry she was so touched. A.”
“All good. Thanks for the super fast delivery. M.”
“I wanted to let you know that I am very happy with the two posters that I purchased from you! Thank you so much! B.”
“We are delighted with the posters! Many thanks, M.”
“Looks great, very happy with the poster - I'm getting it framed now. Will certainly look to you for future business! S.”
“I just want to tell you that the poster, which is gorgeous, could not have been packed better for shipping. Outstanding care, which is most appreciated! H.”
"Thank you very much for your quick and efficient service. The poster arrived this morning and it is fantastic. A."
“Can I say a big thank you to everyone who was involved in the restoration of the Steve McQueen Bullitt poster. I have been blown away at the standard of work carried out by all who worked on it and the easiness of communication. It’s now being framed and will be in pride of place shortly. I hope this will be the first of many projects. Many thanks, D.”
“I received the quad this morning, and all I can say is I'm 100% satisfied, the linen-backing & restoration are flawless - Poster Mountain have done the best work I've ever seen and I hope to have many more posters done by them. Thanks again, B.”
“Super job! I have just compared the latest image to the one I took before I sent the poster to you. What a transformation. I’ll certainly want to use you / Poster Mountain again. S.”
“Once again Poster Mountain have done a superb job, thanks very much. B.”
“Fantastic service and quality - have had many vintage posters linen backed through Antikbar and Poster Mountain and they've never ceased to impress. Superb results. M.”
Please visit www.antikbar.co.uk/poster_restoration for more information on our linen backing and poster restoration services, which we offer in partnership with Poster Mountain in California.
Gallery & Events
“Very good indeed. W.”
“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Cunard talk last night. It was very interesting and I could happily have listened to more. Thanks once again for putting it on. T.”
“Very good. An interesting collection, something for everyone. Thank you, M.”
“If you are looking for original vintage posters this is the shop to visit in London. D.”
“I very much enjoyed the event this evening and learned a lot from your talk! Many thanks, M.”
“The shop you need to visit in London if you love original vintage posters! Lots of great stuff. D.”
And, if you're unable to visit us, you can go on a Google virtual tour of our gallery by clicking here (featuring the display from our 2016 spring exhibition, The Age of Steam).