Trapani to sell rare posters at winery


Trapani Art & Frame, in conjunction with Southold’s Sparkling Pointe Winery and the “Taste North Fork” program, will participate in the Vintage Art & Wine Weekend from Nov. 9-11 to celebrate Long Island’s harvest season.

Officials from the Plandome Road store – in addition to rare poster collector Peggy Bronstein – will sell authentic, antique French posters as part of the event.

“It’s not just the art, it’s a collectable,” said Al Trapani, the store’s owner. “Once they’re gone, they’re gone.”

Bronstein said the posters are dated between 1890 and 1950 and are original advertisements that were never used.

The posters are so delicate they had to be mounted on linens to keep from falling apart from wear and tear, Bronstein said. 

Trapani will sell framed and non-framed posters at the event.

Though some of the posters bear the official seal of the French government, Bronstein said the insignia does not necessarily raise their value, which she added is between $800 and $5,000.

Bronstein said the No. 1 criterion for determining a poster’s value is it’s color. 

The brighter, she said, the better. 

“You are basically buying a degree of artistry that, if it was a painting, would be unaffordable,” Bronstein said.


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