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

The auction will start at approximately 8:30 PM on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

The live auction will be held at:

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

Our audience includes collectors, dealers and institutions.

THE DEADLINE FOR CONSIGNMENTS HAS NOW PASSED. 

CONDITION REPORTS, FOR ABSENTEE BIDDERS ONLY, ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. Contact Greg French at gregfren@comcast.net

Full auction terms may be found here


LIVE AUCTION LOTS

[Lots 1-25]  [Lots 26-50]  [Lots 51-75]  [Lots 76-85]


Lot 1. SLICES OF AMERICANA

Eight daguerreotypes (half plate, quarter plate, 6 sixth plates).

1) Sixth plate. Full case. Stamped “HALE” (Luther Holman Hale, Boston). Mother with bottleneck curls looks down adoringly at baby.

2) Sixth plate. Full case. Forlorn girl with two long braids holds open daguerreotype.

3) Quarter plate. Full case, tape at spine. Grandmother and 2 grandchildren. Take note of the chair.

4) Sixth plate. Full case. Two standing boys holding hands.

5) Half plate. Uncased. Family of ten in a horizontal arrangement.

6) Sixth plate. Full case. 1840s of a seated girl holding a daguerreotype case.

7) Sixth plate. Case with tape at spine. Woman in semi-profile wearing fine clothes, seated in an elegant chair.

8) Sixth plate. Case with tape at spine. Elderly woman wearing glasses, reading. 

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1000 – 1200.

      


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.

 


Lot 3: 1840s MASON WEARS BANNER WITH STAR MOTIF 

Sixth plate size. Split “William Shew… Boston” case. (William Shew was instrumental in photographing California during the Gold Rush.) Strong image with the purple being unusual.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $800 - 950

  


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.


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.

  


Lot 6: GATE TO THE PARIS EXPOSITION OF 1855

Daguerreotype. 3 ¼ x 2 ¼ inches. Paper mat. Original green seals enclose the back. Laterally reversed text. This is the entrance gate to  L’Exposition Universelle, in 1855, in Paris. The crest of Napoleon III appears at the top of the gate. Two identical large signs read: “Grille D’Exposition, Fer Forge Composee a xecutee pzr Roy, Rue Miromenil 69, Paris” which translates to: “Exposition Gate, forged wrought iron, designed and built by Roy, Rue Miromenil 69, Paris.” 2 smaller signs within the gate read “Entrée des Cartes” which translates to “Carriage Entrance.” At 9:00 the letters “EXP” are visible (presumably for ‘Exposition’). The entrance to the left shows a tall man in top hat leaning over, presumably paying his entrance fee. There are three policemen standing guard, two of which have rifles and bayonets. The third may be armed as well. Inside, beyond the trees, we can get a glimpse of the Exposition’s Main Building.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $8000 - 10000.


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” (13.4cm) tall with a 7 1/8” (18.1 cm) bed. Maximum extension is approximately 5 ½” (13.97 cm). There is a slight ~1mm separation of glued joint between the camera front and body at upper right, and a ~2mm 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. 


Lot 8: GIACOMO CANEVA, VIEW OF THE HARBOR OF RIPTETTA IN ROME

Albumenized salt print from paper negative (8 1/8 X 16 ¾ inches or 20 X 27.3 centimeters).

 

“Giacomo Caneva (Padua 1813- Rome 1865) began his career in the field of the visual arts as a prospective painter, interested in architecture and aeronautics…. at the end of the forties, he learned the photographic techniques and in particular the daguerreotype and the calotype.... In the fifties, Caneva joined the Photo Roman Club, founded by painter and photographer Frédéric Flacheron..., Caneva established an important partnership with Thomas Cuccion.... In 1855 Caneva was the author of a manual on the technical aspects of photography (source: Alinari Archives website).

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $7500 - 9500.


Lot 10: LOVELY GIRL IN THE CORNER BY SOUTHWORTH & HAWES

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Classic black pushbutton case.

Because of her positioning there’s the momentary illusion that this young girl is not looking at us. But she is. Southworth & Hawes have created an intriguing masterpiece of composition in their typical art-focus style.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE $3000 - 3500.


Lot 11: STATUE AT CRYSTAL PALACE: “NEGRETTI & ZAMBRA” STUDIO SIGN

Stereo daguerreotype. All text is laterally reversed. Features four statues, including a man with a lute (laterally reversed caption is “99 A Neapolitan Improvisatore: Francesco Duret of Paris.” Another is “Venus Disarming Cupid.”) Sign overhead says “Negretti & Zambra Photographers.”

Henry Negretti and Joseph Zambra produced scientific and optical instruments. They were appointed opticians and scientific instruments makers to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as well as the British Admiralty. In addition they operated a photographic studio based in London, England. They eventually became the official photographers of the Crystal Palace (source: Wikipedia).

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1800 – 2200.


Lot 12: STATUE OF STATUE OF CORINNA AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE

Stereo daguerreotype. Attributed to 

“Negretti & Zambra”(see previous lot). Depicts a statue of a young bare-breasted woman writing, with a lyre at her feet. Identifed as “Corinna” at bottom (laterally reversed).
 
RESERVE AUCTION.

 

ESTIMATE: $700 – 800.

 

 

 

  

  


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.


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


Lot 15: DOCTOR, DOCTOR: AN OCCUPATIONAL

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Full split case. 

With forceps and tweezers galore this doctor is showing off his bag of tools. There are many metallic devices we can’t identify because of the angle, but we’re sure there are some scalpels in there, too.

RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $2500 - 3000.


Lot 16: NO LOT 


Lot 17: FEATURING RICHARD BEARD OF LONDON & LIVERPOOL, U.K.

Three daguerreotypes (2 quarter plate, 1 ninth plate). All three cases have the stamp: “BEARD’S PHOTOGRAPHIC INSTITUTIONS,” with the address embossed in the leather.

1) Quarter plate. Full case. Woman in pensive pose. Column to the right. Tinted.

2) Ninth plate. Full case. Man wearing spectacles. Painted blue sky and white clouds beyond.

3) Quarter plate. Full case. Man with a blue sky.

“Richard Beard…profitably established himself in the coal trade until 1843. Beard set up in photography as a business speculation. He purchased a licence to use the daguerreotype process in 1841, and opened the world's first photographic studio. It was set up in a glasshouse on the roof of London's Royal Polytechnic Institution to provide all-round lighting, which was necessary to the daguerreotype process. There were huge profits from his studios in London and Liverpool and from the sale of licences to take daguerreotypes, but Beard was ruined by his many legal actions against rivals, and went bankrupt in 1850.” (source: National Portrait Gallery website) 

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $750 - 850.

      

Lot 18: MARIE & HENRI REGNY PARIS 1847 BARON EYNARD OF SWITZERLAND

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Paper mat, paper seals. Period ink on reverse. Presumably by Eynard. Depicts a girl and a boy in matching fabric, obviously very close by their body language. These children are in daguerreotypes in the Getty Museum Collection (“Portrait of the Regny Family at Beaulieu,” “M and M de Regny and Their Children,” “The de Regny Children and their Nanny,” etc…) and in other collections (search “Les Daguerreotypes familiaux de Jean-Gabriel Eynard,” for example).

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1100 - 1300.


Lot 19. MARIE & HENRI REGNY BY GRANDFATHER EYNARD OF SWITZERLAND

Quarter plate. Paper mat. Paper seals. Depicts two children. The boy is in a fancy chair. The girl is standing and slightly smiling, with an urn behind. Thesechildren are in daguerreotypes in the Getty Museum Collection (“Portrait of the Regny Family at Beaulieu,” “M and M de Regny and Their Children,” The de Regny Children and their Nanny,” etc...) and in other collections (search “Les Daguerreotypes familiaux de Jean-Gabriel Eynard,” for example).

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $3500 - 4500.

 

 

 

 


Lot 20. WOMAN BY PLUMBE IN UNUSUAL GREEN CASE

Sixth plate daguerreotype. 

Full green leather case, with ornate pattern on front and plain on reverse. This early daguerreotype of a woman with a shawl is housed in its original green case. 

John Plumbe is credited with originating the idea of a transcontinental railroad. He became a photographer in 1840 and opened a gallery in Boston in 1841. Plumbe soon opened a gallery in New York and his gallery in Washington D.C., in 1844, was the first gallery there. Eventually, he maintained galleries in an astonishing 13 cities and was called “The American Daguerre.” In 1847, in financial trouble, he sold his business to his employees. Within a couple of years, he had quit photography and settled in Dubuque, Iowa. Soon thereafter, he died by slitting his own throat (source: The J. Paul Getty Museum website).

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $400 – 500.

   


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.

   

 


Lot 22: RARE DAGUERREOTYPE FROM THE DAWN OF PHOTOGRAPHY

In between ninth plate and sixth plate size.  Full simple leather early custom case with fragile spine.

This very early (likely circa 1840-1841) daguerreotype is  just a year or two removed from Louis Daguerre’s discovery. The dark and primitive image features a frail young woman  wearing a lively shawl, and clutching a book. She has a pillow propped up behind her. One wonders how long she survived.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1200 - 1500.

 


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.


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.

 

 


Lot 25: PORTRAIT OF AN ACTOR WITH A SWORD & A LONG KNIFE

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Passe partout. The consignor speculated that this could be ‘Robin Hood,’ but whoever he is, he’s a strong presence. One arm is at an acute angle, while the other arm rests on the metallic sheath of a sword. His hair is bushy, his headgear is cocked, and he wears a prominent goatee.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $3500 – 4500.