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Huiles Labo - French Automobilia Enamel Sign



  • £355.00
  • €417 Euro
  • $493 US Dollar

United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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Huiles Labo is a French Oil company with a rather interesting story behind it's foundation. Julian Vartet was born in 1911 and is identified as a French novelist/playwright, but he was also a recognised industrialist. During WW2 he founded the Clermont-Ferrand Industrial Laboratories where used oils were recovered to supply Michelin's industrial activities. After the war, he transferred the company to the Paris region and renamed the company Huiles Labo - specialists in automotive and industrial lubricants.

This particular example with it's simple design, bold typography and strong colours, is easily the best of it's type that I've encountered - no damage excepting some minor scratches to the lower right corner, vibrant colours and perfect gloss. The sign has a slight (1cm) return, which is commonly found on European enamel signage, which adds to it's rigidity and it's four original mounting tabs remain in place.

The sign measures 98cm wide x 48cm high x 1cm deep.


  • H: 48cm (18.90in)
  • W: 98cm (38.58in)
  • D: 1cm (0.39in)



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111 Portobello Road
W11 2QB
United Kingdom


I’m Louis Walpole. Over a decade of working for and alongside some of the best antique dealers in the country at London’s renowned Portobello Road have helped me to form a detailed understanding of, and appreciation for, a diverse array of antiques. In 2016, after ‘dabbling’ in the trade since childhood I decided to follow my heart and (ignoring a myriad of people advising against it) leave my salaried job to trade full time. Since then I have travelled around England and Western Europe collecting the pieces that particularly interest me. These pieces loosely follow the themes of; automotive, advertising, scientific and industrial. I have a select number of items on display in Atlam on Portobello Road. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 5pm.

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