A Portfolio with a Complete Set of 10 coloured lithographs printed on thick paper (each 41 x 31 cm / 16 x 12 inches), housed within original portfolio of thick card and tan linen, with silver raised-relief papier maché decoration (Very Good, lithographs generally clean with lovely colours, save 1 lithograph with mild staining, some wear and warping to portfolio covers).
This exceptionally elegant Art Deco portfolio features ten coloured lithographs of new luxury Adler car models, made to celebrate Clärenore Stinnes’ pioneering around-the-world tour (1927-9), conducted in an Adler Standard 6 automobile. Each of the images depicts a different new Adler
model, accompanied by lovely vignettes of different subjects from contemporary life and style, many from exotic locales in Africa and China. The lithographs were designed by Georg Johann Köhler (1890 – 1944), a leading German Art Deco designer of advertisements and posters. Their production quality is top-notch and the colours are exquisite. The lithographs are housed within an original custom Art Deco portfolio of silver raised-relief papier maché decoration, bordered by tan linen.
The portfolio of lithographs was made to such a high level of design and craftsmanship, that while a matter of speculation, it seems that it was made as a special presentation piece, as opposed to something regularly tendered to clients.
The ten lithographs depicts the following models: 4 different types of Adler Standard 6 10/45 and 12/50 ps. (the Adler 6 10N was produced between 1927-1930 and the Adler 6 12 was made between 1928 and 1933); 4 different types of Adler Standard 8 15/70, (produced between 1928 and 1934); and 2 different types of Adler Favorit 8/35 (made between 1929 and 1933).
The Adler Standard 6 attained global fame when an example was driven during Clärenore Stinnes’ pioneering around-the-world tour, which occurred from 1927 to 1929. The trip was the first-ever world tour by an automobile, and was the subject of innumerable newspaper articles and newsreels.
Clärenore Stinnes (1900-90) was a larger than life figure who was on the forefront of auto racing at time when women were forbidden from even driving cars in many places. Along with Amelia Earhart, she was one of the great female global adventurers of the era.
She started racing in 1924 and over the next three years won 17 races, making her one the most successful racers in Europe.
On May 25, 1927, Stinnes embarked upon her around-the-world automobile journey in the company of Carl-Axel Söderström, a married Swede whom she met two days previously. The adventure was a grand spectacle, as the Adler and its accompanying freight vehicle (with two mechanics and spare parts) were often trailed by journalists eager for the best photo opportunity. While the present portfolio and lithographs are undated, their creation can be established to 1929 or 1930, based on the models depicted, and the fact that they were made to celebrate Stinnes’ feat. In homage to Stinnes, the lithographs depict female drivers, which was somewhat unusual for time.
The Adler Company, formally Adlerwerke vorm. H. Kleyer AG, was based in Frankfurt, Germany, and made cars, bicycles, motorcycles and typewriters. The company was founded in 1900 and quickly became renowned for its luxury car models, incorporating the most advanced technology and artistically virtuous design. Adler’s automobiles attained global fame following Clärenore Stinnes world tour. The company produced cars up to the beginning of World War II. Following the war, the company decided to discontinue its production of cars, and ceased to exist as a distinct entity in 1957. Surviving Adler automobiles, including the models depicted in the present portfolio, are today amongst the most desired objects of classic car collectors.