HOW DID AFFICHES MARCI START?
For the record, the printing process began with lithography. This process, which uses neither raised nor sunken designs, was discovered around 1796 by Aloys Senefelder who was looking to print his own plays himself since they were too mediocre to find an editor.
After several years of research, Senefelder perfected his technique based, on one hand, on the use of stone, and on the other hand, on the principle of mutual rejection of water and grease.
Emmanuel Marci’s address card – around 1845, Brussels, City Archives, inv. II26
The Marci printing house started offering its services in 1819 and printing colour posters in 1850. The family business grows. In 1970, the firm's slogan is "Chez Marci, tout ce qui s’imprime s’imprime". Still pursuing the same goals, in 1976, SPRL MARCI becomes the Imprimerie Hecht SA.
WHAT DiD THE FIRM BECOME ? WHO’S BEHIND THE NAME NOW?
Louis Guillaume Marci, some workers and very young apprentices, around 1895, Brussels.
In the early 2000s, my father, Gérard Marcy handed the printing and started his own collection. The collection brings together posters printed at l’Imprimerie Marci, but also prints from around the world. The collection consists of many posters covering different aesthetic movements signed by big names such as Toulouse-Lautrec, AM Cassandre, Paul Colin, Mucha, Geo Ham, Fix-Masseau, Magritte,...
For seven generations and during 200 years, the Marci family was present in the history of Belgian printing. Today, I hope I will be able to carry on the family tradition.
To dress up interiors, shops or restaurants, customers can order reproductions of all the posters in the collection and in all dimensions. We also make custom-made posters if you already have your frame!
WHAT CAN VISITORS FIND IN YOUR CATALOG?
If the posters are designed to be ephemeral, the collection Affiches Marci wants them immortal. Carefully selected and framed, they find a second life. It’s with the desire to share a story that is part of the Belgian and international heritage and a love for the posters, that gradually the collection was developed. The choice of posters is based on aesthetics, graphics, and documentaries criteria, but also on Coup de coeur. One can find there all the themes: tourism, aviation, cars & racing cars, fashion, art deco & art nouveau styles, trains, bridges, tourism, beverages/drinks , sports, tobacco, music ... Basically, everyone can find happiness!
DOES THE STOCK CONTINUE TO GROW? IF SO, HOW?
Yes, my father continues to buy posters in international auction houses like Swann Galleries (New York), Van Sabben (Netherlands), Christies (London), etc.