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 26: EUROPEAN HAND COLORED LADY

Sixth plate daguerreotype. English-style presentation flip-top case.  She wears fingerless gloves (aka mitts) and black lace sleeves over white lace sleeves. The yellow tinting is unusual and neatly done. 

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $600 – 700.

 


Lot 27: CASES & NINTH PLATES

4 sixth plates (3 daguerreotypes, 1 tintype, all thermoplastic, 2 are octagonal). 13 ninth plates (9 daguerreotypes, 3 ruby glass ambrotypes, 1 tintype -- 10 cases are full or with new spine mostly expertly done, 2 split cases, 1 half case; 2 cases are thermoplastic scenes; includes one flip-top, probably English).

a) Chess Game case with daguerreotype of boy holding a case.
b) Octagonal case with velvet pad indicating ‘Anson”, note says daguerreotype is “Anson” plate.
c) Octagonal case with daguerreotype of woman.
d) Compromised case with tintype.
e) Man, “CV Allen, Boston” on velvet pad.
f) Man in flip-top case.
g) Boy.
h) Identifed woman.
i) Identified man.
j) Woman holding flowers.
k) Man smoking cigar.
l) Woman in leather pouch case.
m) Child.
n) Chess Game case, baby ambrotype.
o) Lady with painted backdrop ambrotype.
p) Child clutching doll ambrotype.
q) Tintype of identified man.

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $400 - 500.



Lot 28: WHOLE PLATE OF CRAIG SCHNEIDER & FRIEND HANNI BY JERRY SPAGNOLI

Whole plate Daguerreotype. Full hand-crafted leather case.

The proper title of this daguerreotype is “Craig Schneider Holding a Photo of his German Friend Hanni.” This daguerreotype was featured in the Daguerreian Annual 2011, figure 63 on page 140. Craig Schneider was a beloved Daguerreian Society member who performed many hours of selfless editing as well as helpful insight.

He was an avid hiker and an enthusiastic collector of daguerreotypes, supporting his contemporaries as well as the daguerreians of the 19th century.

Jerry Spagnoli is a modern master. Besides his books Daguerreotypes, American Dreaming and Heirloom Harvest, he is noted for working with the artist Chuck Close. His works of historical documentation include The Last Great Daguerreian Survey of the Twentieth Century and Local Stories. Jerry’s work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The National Portrait Gallery, The Fogg Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chrysler Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The High Museum and the New York Historical Society.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1200 - 1500.


Lot 30: THE BRETONNE LADY, FULL PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE

Full plate daguerreotype. Presentation case. The delightful lady has as strong a holographic (three-dimensional) presence as any daguerreotype we’ve seen. The hand coloring is exquisite. She’s animated with a sly smile and twinkle in her eyes.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $7500 – 8500.

 

 

  


Lot 31: A DANDY & A MAN BY AUMAISTRE, PARIS

Two daguerreotypes (sixth plate, half plate).

1) Sixth plate. Oval case. A dandy with a mustache and watch chain.

2) Half plate. Passe partout in a wood frame. Pensive well-dressed man looking down. Label on reverse: “F. Aumistre, Portraits en Daguerreotype, Paris.”

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $650 - 750.


Lot 32: NEW TACOMA, WASHINGTON, PUGET SOUND BY CARLETON WATKINS

Albumen photograph. 8 3/8 X 12 1/8 inches. Original mount.

Period ink on reverse: “Terminus of N.PR.R. New Tacoma” (Northern Pacific Railroad.) This is a variant (this view is closer up) of a photograph in the Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art entitled “New Tacoma, Washington, Puget Sound 1882”.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $4500 - 5500.


Lot 33: SAN FRANCISCO PANORAMA

“San Francisco is not like anything but itself. The hills on which it is built are partly covered with houses, and partly projecting in huge banks of earth; so that the city looks as if stuck on a hill side. Altogether it has a raw and half finished appearance, unlike any of the cities of the Old World, and not like many of the new. But, if the first view is disappointing, the second and nearer view is reassuring. When one lands at the quay and enters the city, he soon perceives the signs of a vigorous life. He drives through miles of well-built streets; the shops and stores are large, and gay with animation, and all wears an air of business no where seen in an American city.” Henry M. Field, “San Francisco as Seen by an Intelligent Traveller” from the San Francisco News Letter and California Advertiser, Nov. 11, 1876.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $350 - 450


Lot 34: THE CAMERA AND THE PENCIL M.A. ROOT (1st ED. 1864 & PROVENANCE)

This is a first edition of Marcus Root’s classic The Camera and the Pencil. In period ink inside the front cover is ‘Prof. James Russell Lowe(ll) Cambridge with the Respects of the Author.’ Also in pencil “Mrs. M. U. Osgood to G.E. Bradbury 1879.”

Marcus Root studied painting under Thomas Sully in the 1830s and eventually opened a school on Penmanship as well as writing books on the subject. He was an early practitioner of daguerreotypes, studying under Robert Cornelius in Philadelphia. In 1856 Marcus Root’s leg was severely injured in a train accident and while recuperating from that (he never fully recovered) he started writing The Camera and the Pencil, which was published in 1864. In it he points out that photography is more than a mechanical innovation; that one must be an artist with a vision (sources: Historic Camera website, Luminous-Lint website).

James Russell Lowell was a pre-eminent poet, author and diplomat. He was a professor at Harvard University for 20 years (hence the inscription) and later an ambassador to Spain, and then England.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1200 - 1500.


Lot 35: HALF PLATE BY SAMUEL ROOT, BROADWAY, N.Y.

Half plate dageurreotype. Thermoplastic case. Stamped on brass mat lower left “S. Root 363 Broadway-N.Y.’ The artistic pose immediately sets it apart. There’s an animated ‘feel’ to this pose that’s refreshing. She looks familiar.

Samuel Root was the brother of Marcus Root. Marcus Root opened a studio in Manhattan in 1849 and put his brother, Samuel in charge. The Root brothers were listed at 363 Broadway. By 1851 Marcus sold out his share, and Samuel operated with
a partner until going on his own in 1853 at the same address until 1857. His firm remained at this address for another two years, but possibly with a partner (source: ‘Craig’s Daguerreian Registry’ by John Craig).

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $800 - 1000.


Lot 36: 24 MORE

24 images. 3 quarter plate daguerreotypes including family of four (1 full case, 2 half cases). 3 quarter plate ambrotypes including 3 children (1 half case, 2 uncased). 16 sixth plate dags in 14 cases includes child, mother & child, 2 women & a couple (2 double cases, all cases are split or full including a black Boston style push-button case). 1 ninth plate dag of mother and daughter (split case). 1 ninth plate ambrotype of man with open book (split case).

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $400 - 500.


Lot 37: DAGUERREOTYPES OF DAGUERREOTYPES

4 sixth plate daguerreotypes. 3 full cases, 1 half case.

1) Mother & child. Rarely seen image of a girl wearing a daguerreian pendant, presumably of the father. Away on business? Lost at sea? Draw your own conclusions.

2) Man holding two daguerreotype cases next to each other, displaying one image which is reflected nevertheless.

3) Woman holding a very visible daguerreotype of a man.

4) A daguerreotype of a daguerreotype plate.

RESERVE AUCTION. 

ESTIMATE: $1300 - 1500.

    


Lot 38: DAGUERREOTYPES OF FRENCH CHILDREN

Three daguerreotypes (quarter plate, sixth plate, and smaller than sixth).

1) In between ninth plate and sixth plate size. Velvet case. Father in semi-profile holds adorable baby, who stares at the camera.

2) Quarter plate. Passe partout in wall frame. Two girls wear dresses with fringe, and hold hands.

3) Sixth plate. Passe partout frame. Two vignetted girls with off-the-shoulder dresses.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $750 - 850. 

     
LOT 39: 1840s LADY LEANING BACK IN A CHAIR, FRANCE

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Paper mat, wood frame with gold leaf. This early plate depicts a woman in an unconventional pose, leaning her head back while sitting sideways in a chair. There is ink writing on reverse, but it’s partial and we’re not sure it pertains to the image. 

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $700 – 850.


Lot 40: AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WITH A STRONG GAZE

Ninth plate ambrotype. Thermoplastic wall frame, in very good condition with hook. The woman’s eyes are fixed and she doesn’t yield that gaze. She wears a striped shawl, which sits low, showing the dark over a white blouse underneath. 

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $700 – 850.

 


Lot 41: MASCHER VIEWER FEATURES DAGS BY JACOBS OF NEW ORLEANS

Quarter plate size case. 2 daguerreotypes, referred to as a ‘stereo daguerreotype.’ Embossed in gold gilding inside the case is “Mascher’s Improved Stereoscope Philada. Patent March 5th 1853.” This is corroborated by the resource American Photographic Patents The Daguerreotype and Wet Plate Era 1840-1880, by Janice G. Schimmelman, which lists patent #9,611 as “Daguerreotype-case” by John F. Mascher in Philadelphia, Pa.” on the corresponding date. Stamped on the brass mat of the daguerreotype is “E. Jacobs N. O.” According to Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, by John Craig, Edward Jacobs operated as a photographer in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1844-1861. 

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1100 - 1300.

 

 

 

 
  

Lot 42: THE URN IS INTEGRAL TO THE COMPOSITION

Half plate daguerreotype. Full case. This would ordinarily be called an ‘architectural study,’ but for the five or more people in front of the doorway. While it’s clear there are three men to the left, the gender and ethnicity of the two people at right are in question. Which brings us back to the urn. This daguerreotype would not be nearly the same without the urn.

The seller suggested that the location is Greig Hall, Canandaigua, N.Y., but we cannot verify that.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $2500 - 3500. 


Lot 43: NINE AMERICAN DAGUERREIAN PORTRAITS, MOSTLY MAKER MARKED
9 sixth plate daguerreotypes. 4 full cases. 4 full split cases, 1 half case.

a) Woman by “J. D. Wells, Artist, Portraiture” in velvet pad. This term “portraitue” is seldom seen on velvet pads. J.D. Wells was a noted maker in Western Massachusetts.
b) Woman by “Chase” (brass mat). This is the work of Lorenzo Chase, a greatly-respected competitor of Southworth & Hawes.
c) Very handsome man with five-pointed star at his neck. We can only guess the significance of this star.
d) Man by “Willard” of Philadelphia (velvet pad). Lively ascot.
e) Woman wearing fingerless gloves (mitts) with painted backdrop by “Willard” of Philadelphia.
f) Man with painted drapes.
g) Hand-colored child.
h) Woman wearing a shawl by “Whitney” (stamped on brass mat).
i) Man by “Meade Bros. NY” (stamped in brass mat). The Meade Bros. were influential in the development of photography.
 
NO RESERVE.
 
ESTIMATE: $500 - 650
Lot 44: ISAAC H. BONSALL, SOLDIER AT LULAH LAKE, LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, GA.

Albumen Print (12 ¾ X 10 inches).

Isaac H. Bonsall was an ambrotypist and photographer active in Leavenworth, Kansas 1858-1860, Kansas City, Kansas after 1860, and Cincinnati, Ohio from 1862-1865. He served in the Army of the Cumberland as a photographer beginning in September, 1862, apprenticing under Mathew Brady. Another from this series is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York collection.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $2500 - 3000


Lot 45: PAINTED BACKDROPS: A COLLECTION OF TINTYPES

This is a collection of tintypes that feature painted backdrops. There are 162 of them. Most are what’s loosely called “CDV size” and average 3 ½ X 2 ½ inches or roughly 9 X 6 centimeters. (Only 1 is significantly smaller and only 4 are significantly larger.) This is a carefully culled collection.

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $600 - 800.

Half plate daguerreotypes. Each in passe partout. Each with identification on reverse. Woman: “Louise Wilhelmine Erb. geb. Strecker (?) * 21.7.1840 + 10.9.1924 in Bremen.” Man: “Johannes Erb. * 27.2.1831 in Gontershausen + 2.12.1891 in Bremen.” 

RESERVE AUCTION. 

ESTIMATE: $500 - 600.

    


Lot 47: FRENCH AMBROTYPES, FEATURING A MAN READING

Three ambrotypes (2 quarter plates, 1 ninth plate).

1) Quarter plate. Passe partout frame. Elegantly dressed man reads a book at arm’s length. Nice facial tint.

2) Quarter plate. Passe partout frame. Family of five adults, possibly outside in a garden.

3) Ninth plate. Velvet case. Man with muttonchops leaning on a table. 

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $500 - 600.

   


Lot 48: RUSSIAN DAGUERREOTYPE OF A WOMAN IN A BLUE DRESS

Sixth plate. Paper mat in metal frame. Woman wearing blue dress holds a 
book with one hand and flowers with the other. There’s a bonnet on the table and the photographer props include a large plant.  Small green label of Moscow daguerreotypist on reverse.

 

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $2500 - 3000.


Lot 49: RUSSIAN DAGUERREOTYPE: MUSTACHED MAN WITH CLENCHED FIST

Sixth plate. Double matted with gold paper and red cloth. Covered wood frame. The consignor states that this daguerreotype came from the same source and same place of sale as the previous daguerreotype, and that’s why he’s confidant it’s Russian. Early plate shows a man of character sporting gold jewelry. Unusual presentation.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $500 – 600.


Lot 50: DAGUERREOTYPE FROM RUSSIA OF MAN WITH FAUX BACKGROUND

Sixth plate. Paper mat. Paper seals. The consignor states that this daguerreotype came from the same source and place of sale as the previous two daguerreotypes, and that’s why he’s confident it’s Russian. Depicts a real man with a completely false backdrop.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $600 – 700.


 

 


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