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 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).

1) Chess Game case with daguerreotype of boy holding a case.
2) Octagonal case with velvet pad indicating "Anson", note says daguerreotype is "Anson" plate.
3) Octagonal case with daguerreotype of woman.
4) Compromised case with tintype.
5) Man, "CV Allen, Boston" on velvet pad.
6) Man in flip-top case.
7) Boy.
8) Identifed woman.
9) Identified man.
10) Woman holding flowers.
11) Man smoking cigar.
12) Woman in leather pouch case.
13) Child.
14) Chess Game case, baby ambrotype.
15) Lady with painted backdrop ambrotype.
16) Child clutching doll ambrotype.
17) Tintype of identified man.

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $400 - 500.

Sold for $425 plus premium.


Lot 29. DIONYSOS AT THE MET BY MIKE ROBINSON

THIS LOT IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM MIKE ROBINSON.

Half-plate daguerreotype taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Roman Sculpture Court, depicting Dionysos, god of wine and divine intoxication. The daguerreotype was taken in October 2008, by Mike Robinson, when he was invited to give a talk and demonstrate the daguerreotype process to the Stieglitz Society. The 2000 year old stone sculpture is a Roman copy of a Greek work and was acquired through The Frederick W. Richmond Foundation, Judy and Michael Steinhardt, and Mr. and Mrs. A. Alfred Taubman, in 1990.

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $1600 – 2000.

Sold for $525 plus premium.


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.

Sold for $300 plus premium.


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.

Sold for $800 plus premium.


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.

Sold for $200 plus premium.


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.

It appears that this is the Greig Hall Mansion in Canandaigua, New York. (Reference: Illustration on Page 84, Around Canandaigua, by Nancy Yacci of the Ontario County Historical Society.)

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $2500 - 3500.

Sold for $1850 plus premium.


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

1) Woman by "J. D. Wells, Artist, Portraiture" in velvet pad. This term "portraiture" is seldom seen on velvet pads. J.D. Wells was a noted maker in Western Massachusetts.
2) Woman by "Chase" (brass mat). This is the work of Lorenzo Chase, a greatly-respected competitor of Southworth & Hawes.
3) Very handsome man with five-pointed star at his neck. We can only guess the significance of this star.
4) Man by "Willard" of Philadelphia (velvet pad). Lively ascot.
5) Woman wearing fingerless gloves (mitts) with painted backdrop by “Willard” of Philadelphia.
6) Man with painted drapes.
7) Hand-colored child.
8) Woman wearing a shawl by "Whitney" (stamped on brass mat).
9) Man by "Meade Bros. NY" (stamped in brass mat). The Meade Bros. were influential in the development of photography.

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $500 - 650.

Sold for $300 plus premium.


Lot 45: PAINTED BACKDROPS & BENT WOOD: A COLLECTION OF TINTYPES

This is a collection of tintypes that feature painted backdrops and bent wood. 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.

Sold for $125 plus premium. 

 

        


Lot 46: PAIR OF IDENTIFIED HALF PLATES FROM BREMEN, GERMANY

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.

Sold for $450 plus premium.

  


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.

Sold for $450 plus premium.


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