2016 Daguerreian Society Benefit Auction
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The Daguerreian Society 2016 Symposium Benefit Auction

The auction was held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at

Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
481 8th Avenue (at 34th St.)
New York, New York 10001

Results for sold lots are provided below.

Full auction terms may be found here


LIVE AUCTION LOTS

[Lots 1-25]  [Lots 26-50]  [Lots 51-75]  [Lots 76-100]


Lot 2: A SOLDIER AND A FRIEND, FRANCE

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Paper mat. Paper seals. A soldier embraces his friend in a remarkably casual manner. Each has an intense gaze and the soldier sets a relaxed tone. Buttons, epaulets, and checkered pants are on display.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $500 - 600.

Sold for $400 plus premium.

 


Lot 4: 26 PICKS

26 images.

3 quarter plate daguerreotypes include 2 with couples (split cases).

2 quarter plate ambrotypes of people includes 1 couple (split case and double viewing case front and back).

19 sixth plate daguerreotypes, both men and women, includes a threesome and 2 couples (7 split cases, the rest half cases).

1 ninth plate dag of 2 women (case with tape at spine).

1 ninth plate ambro of top hat man (half case).

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE $400 - 500.

Sold for $650 plus premium.


Lot 5: A BARREL OF GENESEE EXTRA SUPER FINE FLOUR

Sixth pate daguerreotype. Full split case. A man cradles a barrel of Extra Super Fine Flour from Genesee, New York. Laterally reversed.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $3000 – 3500.

Sold for $2500 plus premium.


Lot 7: RARE FRENCH DAGUERREOTYPE CAMERA CIRCA 1841

Very early (ca 1841) French sliding box sixth plate daguerreotype camera manufactured by optician, pioneer Daguerreian, and founders of the Société Héliographique, Noël Marie Paymal Lerebours, probably from a design by Alexis Gaudin.


The camera body is beautifully constructed with hand cut dovetails and marked IX under the bed. The bed has a knurled brass knob to fix focus. The ground glass panel is removable to insert the original plate holder marked VII that is offered with the camera. The camera body is approximately 4 ½" (11.4 cm) wide, and 5 ¼" (13.4 cm) tall with a 7 1/8" (18.1 cm) bed. Maximum extension is approximately 5 ½" (13.97 cm). There is a slight ~1 mm separation of glued joint between the camera front and body at upper right, and a ~2 mm wide crack that extends the focusing slot in the piece of wood under the bed that is only visible when camera is inverted.

 

The brass-mounted lens appears to be an approximately 8 cm f/4 doublet. A unique feature of this rare camera is the circular disk with three different sized holes to control light during exposure mounted in front of the lens (an early precursor of the Waterhouse stops used after ca 1856). Gaudin and Lerebours noted of the disk, "What especially distinguishes this camera from others yet built, are the variable diaphrams [sic] which can be placed in front of the lens."

 

A variant of this camera is in the Collection of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House here.

 

This rare and beautiful camera, lens and original plate holder are offered in excellent unrestored condition.

 

RESERVE AUCTION.

 

ESTIMATE: $22000 - 26000.

 

Sold for $18000 plus premium.


Lot 13: MADAMOISELLE LOUISE LEMERTE IN 1843

Quarter plate daguerreotype in paper mat within a wood frame. Period ink on reverse gives her name and date, and says that she died just a few years later. The consignor suggests that she's from the family of daguerreotypist Paul Michel Hossard.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $700 - 800.

Sold for $400 plus premium. 


Lot 14: ALIVE WITH 25

25 images. 4 quarter plate daguerreotypes including couple The rest women. 1 quarter plate ambrotype woman. 16 sixth plate daguerreotypes include men, women, children. Includes 2 women and couple (4 full cases, 3 split cases, the rest half cases). 1 cased sixth plate tintype (backed by a freebie tintype (full case) and 1 uncased sixth plate tintype. 1 ninth plate dag of woman with red coral necklace (half case). 1 ninth plate ambrotype of vignetted woman (full case).

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $400 - 500.

Sold for $700 plus premium.


Lot 17A: TSUBAKI (CAMILLIA) NO. 1 BY TAKASHI ARAI

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM TAKASHI ARAI.

Daguerreotype. 4 X 5 inches. 2013 Vintage. Unframed.

"Takashi Arai first encountered photography while he was a university student of biology. In an effort to trace photography to its origins, he encountered (the) daguerreotype (format).... Arai does not see daguerreotype as a nostalgic reproduction of a classical method; instead, he has made it his own personal medium, finding it a reliable device for storing memory that is far better for recording and transmitting interactions with his subjects than modern photography.

Arai’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mori Art Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among other international venues. In 2016, he received the 41st Kimura Ihei Award for his first monograph MONUMENTS (PGI, 2015). Arai is also the winner of Source-Cord Prize (2014), UK, and Photographic Society of Japan Awards: Newcomer's Award (2016).

His works are held in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and Musée Guimet, among others." (From the artist's website.)

In this example one can see the marriage of biology and photography. This luminescent flower on a sphere affirms the 'present tense' of the artist's statement.

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE $3000 - 3500.

Sold for $1400 plus premium.


Lot 21. BOY WITH A SQUIRREL

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Split full case. It's incredible that a squirrel is featured in a daguerreotype, but even more, the little critter took up an iconic pose. The boy is cool as he lends a hand in support.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1500 - 1800.

Sold for $1800 plus premium.

 


Lot 23: MUSICAL BAND: A GUITAR & 2 FIDDLES

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Half case.

These guys have the demeanor of musicians: deceptively laid back but with sheets of music spread across their knees. They're serious musicians and most likely a performing trio.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1200 - 1500.

Sold for $850 plus premium.


Lot 24: MILITARY BAND MUSICIAN WITH A HORN

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Thermoplastic case. Gorgeously hand-colored portrait of a military band musician. Besides the reds and the blues, the gold highlights are stunning. Proudly holds his horn up.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1000 - 1300.

Sold for $1400 plus premium.