2017 Daguerreian Society Benefit Auction
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The Daguerreian Society 2017 Symposium Benefit Auction

The auction was held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at

        Embassy Suites by Hilton Convention Center
        
900 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Results for sold lots are provided below.

Full auction terms may be found here.


LIVE AUCTION LOTS

[Lots 1-25]  [Lots 26-50]  [Lots 51-66]  

Lot 1: A RANDOM LOT OF IMAGES

25 images total:

2 quarter plate uncased daguerreotypes.

5 sixth plate daguerreotypes (1 full case, 2 split cases, half case, uncased) features a boy and girl arms around each other in need of new glass.

1 quarter plate ambrotype uncased, preserver only.

5 sixth plate ambrotypes (double case, full case, half case, dilapidated half case).

5 sixth plate tintypes (2 full cases, half case, 2 mat and preserver only).

1 mammoth tintype. 4 full plate tintypes (approximately 8½ X 6½ inches). 2 very small tintypes.

This is a generous donation from David R. Phillips, facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered Mr. Phillips' collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

David R. Phillips, a rescuer of forgotten studios, developed an innovative method for reproducing the negatives in his collection. Unparalleled, he is considered the foremost expert in his field. His work has been published in countless venues—including the 1974 monograph Taming the West: a photographic perspective—and curated a number of significant exhibitions, including a two-part show at the Art Institute of Chicago from his nineteenth century photo archive of Leavensworth, Kansas. Phillips is himself a skillful photographer, winning high honors in both state and national competitions.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $150-300

Sold for $200 plus premium.


Lot 2: NUDE, ASPEN VISTA, BY ROBERT SHLAER

Inscribed by the Artist on Reverse: "Nude, Aspen Vista, SFNF, New Mexico, August 26, 2004, © R. Shlaer 920." Measures 5 X 4 inches.

In March of 1973 Robert Shlaer made his first daguerreotype with lighting provided by a fluorescent desk lamp. In 1987 he transformed his garage into a workshop, studio and darkroom. Later that year he advertised himself as the "World's only full-time, professional daguerreotypist."

Among his accomplishments are daguerreotypes: of the Old Court house in St. Louis (after Thomas Easterly), of the moon, inside Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, of solar eclipses in 1991 and 1994, a portrait of Graham Nash, of President Clinton's visit to Los Alamos in 1993, and the interior of the Boston Athenaeum (tribute to Southworth & Hawes). Shlaer re-created Simon Nunes Carvalho's lost daguerreotypes from explorer John Fremont's fifth expedition resulting in the book and exhibition Sights Once Seen. That project won the Twitchell Award for Significant Contribution to the Field of History.

Although landscapes are his favorite subject, Robert asserts that nudes are the most difficult of all.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $700-1000

Sold for $650 plus premium.


Lot 4: OVER 400 CDVS, MOSTLY AMERICAN, PLUS SUEZ CANAL & ITALY

This collection of well over 400 CDVs is mostly American, and includes a large portion of 1860s quality albumen full length poses from various states. Featured also is a series of 20 from the Suez Canal, and 4 1863 CDVs from Italy, including mummies. Lots of great finds in here.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-600

Sold for $250 plus premium.


Lot 5: BIZARRE MASK GRINNING LARGE TINTYPE

Approximately 6½ x 4¾ inches.

The creature is grinning, but there are eerie undertones to this fabulous tintype. File this under the 'as strange as they come' category. A thoroughly engaging image.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $500-800

Sold for $1300 plus premium. 

 


Lot 6: GIRL WITH FABULOUS HEADDRESS & COLORED TARTAN OUTFIT

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Housed in black push button case. 

She wears the classic off-the-shoulders dress but we're riveted by the colors that shimmer off her tartan outfit. And then there's the fabulous headdress. It's been suggested that the slippers on her feet are ballet slippers. 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $2000-3000

Sold for $1000 plus premium.


Lot 7: MAN WEARING TOP HAT NEXT TO HIS DOG, IN HORSE & BUGGY

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Half case.

This outdoor scene daguerreotype is framed wonderfully. There's a picket fence and overhanging tree to the right, and the big open doorway to the carriage house to the left. The man has his head held high with his top hat and one of his favorite traveling companions next to him. The horse stayed relatively still. This image will look magnificent with new glass. 

RESERVE AUCTION 

ESTIMATE: $1300-2500

Sold for $1500 plus premium.


Lot 9: HALF PLATE BY MATHEW BRADY STUDIO

Half plate daguerreotype. Split case. Very good velvet pad says "BRADY'S GALLERY 359 BROADWAY NEW YORK."

Though known first as a portraitist, Mathew Brady became the most famous American photographer of the 1800s because of his studio's many Civil War images. Like other enterprising photographers in the mid-1850s, he opened a studio on Broadway in New York City... After the election of 1848, Brady traveled to Washington to photograph political figures. Over time, he built a monumental archive that included presidents, senators, congressmen, Supreme Court justices, actors, writers, businessmen, clergy, scientists, artists, military men, and entrepreneurs. (From the J. Paul Getty Museum website)

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-800

Sold for $250 plus premium.


Lot 10: HALF PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE OF 2 STANDING GIRLS BY LAWRENCE

Lower left corner of mat: "LAWRENCE." 2 girls, likely sisters, are full standing 

side by side with the younger clutching the older girl's arm. The older girl's sleeves have a touch of red and both of their cheeks have blush added. An endearing portrait.

Old or original seals and a silvered back. Split case with lovely velvet pad.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $500-1000

Sold for $800 plus premium.



Lot 11: DREAMY YOUNG WOMAN IN A GREEN DRESS WITH A GOLD NUGGET

Sixth plate ambrotype.

Dreamy young woman in a green dress, wears a large cameo, a gold nugget on her necklace, and a gold bracelet. Notice the lively mat. Full case.

This is a generous donation from David R. Phillips, facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered Mr. Phillips' collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

David R. Phillips (bio at Lot 1) donated the following lots: 1, 11, 18, 27, 28, 45, 54, 56, and 58.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $200-300

Sold for $200 plus premium.


Lot 12: SOUTHWORTH & HAWES DAGUERREOTYPE WITH PERIOD INK

More accurately, this is an overmatted quarter plate daguerreotype of a man by Southworth & Hawes in an appropriate custom size black push button case with period ink notations inside. We wonder who executed the writing? Was it Albert Sands Southworth or Josiah J. Hawes? Or someone in their employ?

A portrait in their distinctive style with an interplay of shadow and light. Period ink inside the case dictates "1/4 Photo without frame & case Eyes blue hair light brown."

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM JEFF GREEN. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-600

Sold for $200 plus premium.


Lot 14: THE FLATIRON BUILDING IN NEW YORK CITY BY MIKE ROBINSON

Half-plate daguerreotype in reverse painted passé-partout mount.

Mike Robinson is the proprieter of the Century Darkroom, Toronto, and a modern master of the art of daguerreotype making. He completed his doctorate on the materiality of daguerreotypes in 2017. He has given demonstrations at the Smithonian Institution (Washington D.C.), Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth, Texas), and the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey (Lacock, United Kingdom). His work can be found in the collections of the George Eastman House (Rochester, New York), the Portrait Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario), the Hallmark Photographic Collection (Kansas City, Missouri), and the Snite Museum of Art (University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana). He also exhibited at the Hotel Malestroit in Bry-sur-Marne, France, in an exhibit organized by le Musée Adrien Mentienne.

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM MIKE ROBINSON. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $1000-2000

Sold for $1100 plus premium.


Lot 15: AMERICAN FAMILY, TINTED SOCIALITE & GERMAN CHILDREN PLUS

This lot consists of three unrelated large daguerreotypes.

1) Half plate daguerreotype in wooden frame. American Family of father, mother and three children. The interaction between this close-knit family is special. Left to right: the girl snuggles with her mother, who flashes a reserved smile. The older centers the composition and has his hand upon his mother's shoulder. The youngest child, a boy wearing a dress, is comfortably on his father's lap with his father's hand holding him steady. He rests his little hand on his father's.

2) Quarter plate daguerreotype in oval frame. Hand-colored woman with great skin tones and lovely dress, holding onto a fine chair. Her brooch and a couple of rings on her fingers have been pin-pricked so that they sparkle.

3) Half plate daguerreotype of German children. All three children wear bloomers. The child at left, presumably a boy, holds a wreath. Housed in a passé-partout frame. Label on reverse: "Lichtbild von Emil Tiedemann BREMEN Atelier Riehtweg No. 12 parterre."

4) #3 above accompanied by a cabinet card with 1874 ink. We don't know whether the woman in the cabinet card is depicted in the daguerreotype. It certainly seems possible.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-700

Sold for $300 plus premium.


Lot 16: FOUR TINTYPES OF SMALL DOGS IN BASKET OF FLOWERS CASE

Four tintypes fitted into sixth plate mats and preservers and housed in a Basket of Flowers case.

We get a dog posing left but looking at the camera, a dog in profile leaning onto a chair, a dog posing right with tongue hanging out, and a dog laying left.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $600-1000

Sold for $600 plus premium. 


Lot 17: THE "MOTHER" OF TINTYPE LOTS

This lot consists of 349 tintypes of various sizes. Subjects are varied. Lots of surprises in this group. Appropriate for advanced dealer or advanced collector or anyone else who wants to expand. 

IN DESCENDING ORDER OF SIZE:

7 large ranging from 6 X 4 inches to 7 X 4 7/8 inches.

1 cased sixth plate cased tintype. 

95 "regular-sized" tintypes (78 roughly CDV sized, 9 larger, 7 smaller).

54 tintypes with paper sleeves (mostly CDV sized paper, 2 smaller).

1 ninth plate with preserver on paper mount. 

Small intact album with 7 small tintypes (in between ninth and gemtype).

1 tiny oval on paper mount. 

1 gemtype with mat & preserver on paper mount. 

Loose album pages containing 171 gemtypes. Astonishingly, most of them are identified!

15 individual quality gemtypes.

LARGE SUBJECTS:

2 women with guitar and sheet Musick Michael.

Woman on horseback in a mountain setting.

CASED SIXTH SUBJECT:

Young lady on a horse with a row of buildings on one side and trees on the other. 

CDV SIZED SUBJECTS:

3 soldiers, man in parade uniform, man in militia musician uniform, dog with hidden mother, child with scratched out mother, men engaged in conversation, child with photographic display, tinted boy on high chair outside, fraternal uniform, children with dolls (2), 4 wearing hats under patriotic banner, man with bicycle. 

SMALL SIZE SUBJECTS:

Includes gorgeous woman with pink dress and pink hat ribbons wearing a cameo brooch and fingerless gloves. 

Soldier and his wife wearing banners.

GEMTYPES:

Groups, hats, top hats, artistic shots.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $600-1200

Sold for $1500 plus premium.


Lot 18: THREE CHILDREN HOLDING FLOWERS, A MOTHER & CHILD & MORE

20 images:

Quarter plate daguerreotype in full case of three children holding red and white flowers.

Sixth plate mother and child (uncased). Also 9 other sixth plates (5 half cases, 4 uncased).

Ninth plate daguerreotype full case.

Sixth plate ambrotype features a woman with shawl and sun hat (half case).

4 other sixth plate ambrotypes (split case, 2 half cases, uncased).

3 ninth plate ambrotypes (split case, half case, uncased).

This is a generous donation from David R. Phillips, facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered Mr. Phillips' collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

David R. Phillips (bio at Lot 1) donated the following lots: 1, 11, 18, 27, 28, 45, 54, 56, and 58.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $350-550

Sold for $500 plus premium.


Lot 20: RARE MAMMOTH TINTYPE OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN COUPLE

At 12 5/8 X 10 inches, this certainly qualifies as mammoth plate. The size is exceedingly rare for tintypes in general, and especially for African American subjects. He holds a white hat with one hand, and his other arm is around her. She wears a white dress of fine fabric. It is possible that this is a wedding portrait.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $1000-2000

Sold for $550 plus premium. 


Lot 21: THE PHOTOGRAPHY LIBRARY OF ESTEEMED COLLECTOR JORDAN PATKIN

Jordan Patkin was a highly esteemed camera and photography collector. His collection was world-class, and was meticulously organized and labeled. In addition, Mr. Patkin was a great humanitarian. The Daguerreian Society Auction 2012 featured his Palmer & Longking Half Plate Daguerreotype Camera. Now we are honored to be offering the Jordan Patkin Library of Photography Books.

A full inventory for this extensive collection is available here. All is included in this lot.

Absentee bidders: this is a large, bulky library, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $1000-2000

Sold for $400 plus premium.


Lot 22: HISTORIC TREATISE ON COLOR DAGUERREOTYPES, REV. LEVI L HILL

"To the daguerreotypists of the United States and the public at large a statement respecting the natural colors" by L. L. Hill.

Westkill, Greene County, N. Y., 1852, 28 pages.

Sections: To the daguerreian fraternity and the public at large. The natural colors. Testimonials. The Hillotype - Its discovery, process and position. A visit to Westkill - R. Hill and his hillotypes. The Hillotype. The wonders of the Hillotype. Photographic Colors.

Testimonals from the following daguerreotypists: S. M. Harvey, George McKown, James Heath, Samuel Root, M. A. Root, J. Guerney, C. C. Harrison, J. W. Brown, Caleb Hunt, W. H. Weeks, Morris Bailey, WM. Schermerhorn, Samuel F. B. Morse.

The Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History holds an extraordinary series of early color photographs: sixty-two color daguerreotype plates made by Rev. Levi L. Hill in the early 1850s in Westkill, Greene County, New York... No greater controversy has ever appeared in the history of photography... Notable scientists and daguerreotypists such as Samuel F. B. Morse, Marcus A. Root, John A. Whipple, and Jeremiah Gurney wrote public testimonials to the importance of Hill's work. But Hill refused to show his pictures immediately after his announcement of success in 1850, and would not disclose the process before it was patented. This caused impatience among other photographers. Many regarded Hill as an imposter. Articles in photography journals pointed to daguerreotype photographers losing much business while patrons refrained from getting their photographic portraits made; they wanted to be photographed in color. Many photographers felt duped by Hill's motives, his advertising, and requests for more time to perfect his color process. Hillotypes were continually dismissed or denounced as fraudulent even long after Hill's death. However, x-ray and infrared studies of the Smithsonian's unique collection of Hillotypes in 2007 prove that many of these images demonstrate true natural color photography... (Source: National Museum of American History)

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $1250-2500

Sold for $1000 plus premium.

 


Lot 23: LONG-HAIRED BOY HOLDS FLOPPY HAT & WALKING STICK

Sixth plate daguereotype. Half case.

With his down-turned chin, but eyes looking up, he gets our attention. His belt is fastened high on his waist, over his tidy outfit. He holds a floppy wide-brimmed hat in one hand and a walking stick in the other.

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM JERILYN MARSHALL. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $200-400

Sold for $175 plus premium.


Lot 24: DAGUERREOTYPE JAMBOREE & WOLFERT'S ROOST

9 daguerreotypes: 3 quarter plates. 3 full cases including Wolfert's Roost (one with taped spine). (Washington Irving wrote a series of stories called "Wolfert's Roost.") 4 sixth plates (3 split cases, 1 half case). Octagonal sixth plate in Game of Chess case. Uncased stereo daguerreotype with mat the size of quarter plate.

Gentleman in Wolfert's Roost case, sisters in bonnets & a couple round out the quarter plates. A lady by PLUMBE, an identified lady a man and 2 brothers in sixth plate. An artful vignetted lady is octagonal with the stereoview being of a girl.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-800

Sold for $300 plus premium.


Lot 25: PHOTOS OF INUIT PEOPLE BY BEVERLY DOBBS

4 photographs, 1 of which is framed.

1) Man in profile holding model of a wooden boat. "Dobbs Nome." 9 11/16 x 7½ inches.

2) Family of three with their Husky Dog. A great study in attire. "Dobbs Nome." 7 3/8 x 7 inches.

3) Closeup of a man wearing beads. "Copyright 1903 by B.B. Dobbs." 9¼ x 7 3/16 inches.

4) Man holding small tool. "Copyright 1905 by B.B. Dobbs #349." & "KOM AOU RUK" (Framed) 9¼ x 7¼ inches visible. 

The son of a farmer, Beverly Bennett Dobbs was born in 1868 near Marshall, Missouri. At age 8, he moved with his parents to Lincoln, Neb., where he learned photography. In 1888, Dobbs moved to Bellingham, Wash., and operated a photography studio for 12 years... then moved to Nome, Alaska, in search of gold in 1900. Dobbs continued to earn his living as a photographer... Dobbs photographed scenes in Nome and the Seward Peninsula and made portraits of Inuit people (Eskimos). He was awarded a gold medal at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World's Fair) in 1904 for his Eskimo photographs. By about 1909, Dobbs had started Dobbs Alaska Moving Picture Co., making him one of the first to use motion picture film north of the Arctic Circle. He made a name for himself as a filmmaker with Atop of the World in Motion (also called Top of the World in Motion), a collection of his motion picture travelogues detailing the Alaska gold rush. By 1911, it is probable that Dobbs was focusing only on his moving picture business; he no longer had his photography supply store, and had sold his photography negatives to the Lomen Brothers, who later issued some of his work under their name... (From the 'Archives West: Orbis Cascade Alliance' website) 

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $1500-3000

Sold for $1600 plus premium.