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A Collection of Rare Architectural Drawings and Blueprints for Sale or Trade

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well written by David Jameson, owner of Architech Gallery, it documents Iannelli's career with prose, as well as hundreds of images of his drawings, sculpture, and paintings.

  
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ALFONSO IANNELLI
ORPHEUM THEATRE POSTERS

These hand painted posters were hung outside the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles to promote the vaudeville shows produced within. Nearly 100 original designs were created from 1911 to 1915.  As a body of work they are highlights of early 20th century modernism.  Although encouraged to have these designs reproduced, Iannelli resisted as he did not want to be considered a "poster man".  Ironically, this most likely led to a lack of wider appreciation of his considerable contributions to modern design. Despite his creative genius and long career, he has remained largely unknown to the general public.  In 1969, six designs were finally reproduced in poster form, and in limited edition, as a means to raise funds by the Chicago School of Architecture Foundation. 


THE TAKINESS
A MUSICAL NOVELTY
 
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Tempera paint on poster board
Unated - Circa 1913
40 x 30 inches

An earlier Orpheum poster promoting a musical novelty. This poster is less geometric than later ones and softer in tone.

The holes in each poster allowed the theatre owners to change the date for each performance.

Exhibited at ArchiTech Gallery

CHARLE'S PRELLE'S ANIMAL CIRCUS 
THE ROBBERY OF THE OVERLAND MAIL

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Tempera paint on poster board
Undated - April, 1915
40 x 30 inches

This poster in metallic gold and rich red promotes a circus act. How five dogs and an elephant managed to re-enact a train robbery remains a mystery.

Exhibited at ArchiTech Gallery - Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design - September 7 through December 29, 2012.

Provenance:
Chicago School of Architecture Foundation
Kelmscott Gallery
Private Collection
Poster Auctions International


R. G. MARTELET
COLEMAN LANTERN

Design for Coleman Lantern
Watercolor on velum
Undated - Circa 1959
24 x 17 1/2 inches


Ron Martelet studied industrial design at the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles.  Upon graduation, he took a job at Sears, Roebuck & Co. and worked there for over 30 years.  He designed a wide variety of products, including mini-bikes, boats, lanterns, and christmas tree lights to name just a few. 


Provenance:
Architech Gallery


HENRY P. GLASS
DESIGN FOR FOLDING CHAIRS

Watercolor on heavy paper
Date: Circa 1939
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
Signed lower left

Provenance:
From the estate of Henry P. Glass


ALFONSO IANNELLI
OSTER MIXERS

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Two designs for Oster Mixers
Pencil and colored pencil on tracing paper
Undated - Circa 1945
11 5/8 x 15 1/2 inches (Top)
15 1/4 x 17 7/8 inches (Bottom)

Provenance:
From the estate of Alfonso Iannelli
Kelmscott Gallery


HENRY P. GLASS
MODEL FOR A COLLAPSABLE HAMMOCK 

Copper tubing, chain and felt
Date: Circa 1980
Size: 17"L x 4 1/2"H x 6"

Provenance:
From the estate of Henry P. Glass
Architech Gallery


ALFONSO IANNELLI
OSTER MIXERS

Designs for Oster Mixers
Pencil on tracing paper
Undated - Circa 1945
Seven sheets of various sizes

In addition to designing Orpheum posters, stained glass windows, and Midway sprites, Iannelli was commissioned by large consumer products companies such a Sunbeam, Oster, and Eversharp to design a variety of household products.  Ranging from toasters, to blenders, and even hair clippers, Iannelli became a marketable name in industrial design.

Provenance:
From the estate of Alfonso Iannelli
Kelmscott Gallery