You may remember Courtenay's vintage Ortalion poster from her entry in last fall's Colors Contest. We certainly haven't forgotten it.
Courtenay wrote, Given that many of the objects in our home are monochromatic, the colour in my "favourite colourful object," too, is sparing -- but that's one of its strengths. The 40 x 60, Rene Gruau-illustrated stockings ad in our dining room is a piece I still feel lucky to have got my hands on. As much as I love all the now-ubiquitous vintage poster art from the early part of this century, it's rare to come across an original, oversized ad from the mid sixties -- and one that makes such striking use of my favourite colour scheme, at that. To me, red (preferably, a bit on the orange side), black and white can seldom fail, representing both the ends and the dead centre of the spectrum in maximally-contrasting glory. Combined with an ultra-dynamic composition, Gruau's genius of a brushy hand, the figure of a freewheeling chick who I continually aspire to look like and some large, black Italian type -- few things could be more exciting.
In fact, that poster with its strong graphics has haunted us ever since we first saw it. Courtenay got hers on, yup, eBay, for a total steal -- $60. We saw one once on eBay for about $600, too much for our pocketbook. Then, for months, nothing. But the internet is a funny thing. Just today we found a bunch -- here, and here, and here, and here. We'd still rather find one at flea market prices, so we'll keep an eye out.