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 51: A GAME OF CHESS

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Full case. A gentleman and four ladies engage in a game of chess. The man and woman to the left are in rapt attention, and a second woman is also concentrating on the game. The other two women are both gazing at a book. There are flowers in the foreground. 

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $3500 – 4000.

Sold for $3300 plus premium.


Lot 52: TREASURE HUNT

22 images (19 daguerreotypes): 3 quarter plate daguerreotypes (1 full split case, 2 half cases); 16 sixth plate daguerreotypes (6 full cases include taped spines, 5 full split cases, 5 uncased, 1 extra lid); 3 sixth plate ambrotypes. 

Quarter plates depict 4 women, family of 3 (parents and a girl), and 2 children. Sixth plate daguerreotypes include a mixture of men and women, with a child, sister & brother, and family of three. Ambrotypes include man & painted backdrop, mother & son with painted backdrop, and a man seated in a crude studio wearing a top hat. 

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $400 – 500.

Sold for $250 plus premium.

      


Lot 53: THE VIOLINIST

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Full case. The photogenic gentleman is poised to play. He's got the bow in hand and his fingers on the strings.  And he kept that sweet face still, all while musing on arpeggios.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $700 - 850.

Sold for $550 plus premium.

 


Lot 55: FRAN BY ERIC MERTENS

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Modern passe partout style frame. Ink on reverse: "Fran by Eric Merten. Owned by Craig Schneider." With Eric Mertens sticker also on reverse: "TheDagLab.com Title: 8179s Original Daguerreotype © 2009 Eric Mertens," and signed by the artist.

"Committing to 19th century photography techniques, [Eric Mertens] creates one of a kind daguerreotype portraits that embrace the analog in a digital age. Often constructing his own darkroom equipment by hand, Mertens insists on the most labor-intensive of processes as a means to a beautiful end." (Source: the artist's website.)

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $600 – 700.

Sold for $500 plus premium.


Lot 56: ENGLISH PAIR FEATURING HANDSOME LAD BY KILBURN

Two sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Full case. By Kilburn. Features an astonishingly handsome young man in stylish attire.

2) Case with black tape at spine. Depicts a lady in Victorian attire holding a white kerchief. The daguerreotype is hand-colored in the English style.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $650 – 750.

Sold for $700 plus premium.

   


Lot 57: MOTHER & CHILDREN BY AUGUSTIN ANGOT, FRANCE

Pair of sixth plate oval daguerreotypes in one case. Case Is stamped on front "A.A."

1) Two boys in a dresses. Faces and hands hand colored. On reverse is label for 'Augustin Angot.' Period ink says "Daguerreotype fait en 1853..."

2) Mother and child. Faces and hands hand colored. On reverse is label for 'Augustin Angot.' Period ink says "Daguerreotype fait en 1853 Septembre."

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $750 - 850.

Sold for $500 plus premium.

   

Lot 60: NUDE, LAMY, N.M. JUNE 18, 2004 © R. SHLAER 913

Daguerreotype. 5 x 4 inches. Uncased. Title inscribed on reverse. Signed by artist on reverse.

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: $750 - 900.

Sold for $600 plus premium.


Lot 61: NUDE, OJO DE LA VACA, N.M. MAY 25, 2004 © R. SHLAER 910

Daguerreotype. 4 X 5 inches. Uncased. Title inscribed on reverse. Signed by artist on reverse.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $750 - 900.

Sold for $750 plus premium.

 


Lot 62: NUDE, LAMY, N.M. OCTOBER 31, 2003 © R. SHLAER 908

Daguerreotype. 5 X 4 inches. Uncased. Title inscribed on reverse. Signed by artist on reverse.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $850 - 1000.

Sold for $1200 plus premium. 

 

 


Lot 63: HIGH WAISTED MAN & DAUGHTER WITH FLOWERS

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM JEFF GREEN.

Quarter plate ambrotype. Split case. The man has tousled hair and a tease of a smile. His pants are pulled up high and he firmly holds a cane, on the other side of his daughter. He's so sturdy, she props her elbow on him. Her dress is beautiful and tinted, and so are the flowers.

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $300 – 400.

Sold for $450 plus premium.


Lot 66: THE DENTIST

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Full case. The display of instruments is magnificent. We see orderly rows of forceps, scaling instruments, and other devices used for dental work in the 19th century. Their arrangement is precise. The photographer did a magnificent job of lighting them and then showing the cool, young, handsome dentist waiting for his next patient.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $6000 – 7500.

Sold for $3800 plus premium. 


Lot 68: ELDERLY MAN ATTENDS CHILD WEARING CAPE, PLUS

Two unrelated images. Half plate English ambrotype. Full split case with convex cover. Ninth plate daguerreotype by "Mr. Kilburn." Full flip top case. 

It's unusual to see a child sucking his or her thumb in a Victorian photograph, but that's what we have here. Just as interesting is how it depicts two people, at least two generations apart, with the elderly gentleman deferential to the composition. We can't ascertain whether the man is the grandfather, or the butler, but we assume the former. Artful composition. 

In addition, there's a ninth plate daguerreotype by the renowned London photographer, William Edward Kilburn, who was known for his portraits of the Royal Family. It depicts a man wearing a blue ascot looking over to our left.

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $500 – 600.

Sold for $500 plus premium. 


Lot 69: VENUS WITH THE APPLE, MASCHER CASE PRESENTATION

Two daguerreotypes side by side. The case is Calmady’s Children thermoplastic case with Mascher stereo viewing mechanism. The subject of the daguerreotype is Bertel Thorvaldsen’s famous statue "Venus with the Apple" (Venus is the Roman equivalent of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty). Here Venus is depicted after she won a beauty pageant of the goddesses with the apple as her trophy. The sculpture resides in the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lettering on the Velvet pad reads: "Mascher's Improved Stereoscope Philada. Patent March 8th, 1853."

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1200 - 1500.

Sold for $1000 plus premium. 


Lot 72: GIRAULT DE PRANGEY, APHRODISIAS. FIGURE ET FRAGMENTS

Daguerreotype (1/3 plate) 3-3/4 x 4-3/4 in. (95 x 121 mm). Uncased. Circa 1843.

Titled and numbered in ink on label on verso. One of the earliest surviving images of this area of modern Turkey by de Prangey.

"Until recently, pioneering daguerreotypist Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey was unknown in the world of fine-art photography. His extraordinary images were discovered in a storeroom of his estate in the 1920s and only made known some eighty years later. 

Girault de Prangey studied painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and learned daguerreotypy in 1841, the same year inventor Louis-Jacques- Mandé Daguerre publicly demonstrated the process. Girault de Prangey may have learned photography from Daguerre himself, or from Hippolyte Bayard, with whom he shared a mutual artist friend. 

Aside from his creative interests, Girault de Prangey was an avid student of Ancient Near East architecture and in 1842 embarked on a three-year tour of Italy, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and Palestine. He carried hundreds of pounds of photography equipment and made more than 800 daguerreotypes. His pictures of the Acropolis are the earliest surviving photographs of the famous site." (J. Paul Getty Museum website) 

Aphrodisias lies in the Maeander River basin, in a fertile valley 100 miles southeast of the port of Izmir. Famous for its sanctuary of Aphrodite, the city's patron goddess, Aphrodisias enjoyed a long and prosperous existence from the first century B.C. through the sixth century A.D. Today, many of the city's ancient monuments remain standing, and excavations have unearthed numerous fine marble statues and other artifacts. This image may show some of the ancient baths with a man perched on the stones for interest and perspective.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $5000 - 8000.

Sold for $4000 plus premium.


Lot 73: STEREO DAGUERREOTYPES OF OF SANCHO PANZA & DON QUIXOTE

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM DAVID ZABAR.

2 stereo daguerreotypes. Glass measures 6 ¾ x 3 ¼ inches (on each). Images exposed are 2 x 2 ½ inches each. These stereo daguerreotypes are of European origin. The base of the statue of the fellow drinking while riding a donkey has a caption "Sancho Panza." Therefore it is likely that the statue with the gallant man standing by a horse is Don Quixote. This pair of daguerreotypes is from the estate of  Lt. Col. Arthur V. Crego, who was stationed in France and earned a Master of Art degree. 

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $1100 – 1400.

Sold for $250 plus premium.


Lot 74: 1840s HALF PLATE MOTHER & DAUGHTER

Half plate daguerreotype. Full case. It’s hard to say who's more earnest. It's equally tough to figure out who's more photogenic. They stand as one, but as two. Wonderful simplicity. The photographer chose to let the foreground speak and leave the background dark. 

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $500 - 600.

Sold for $400 plus premium. 

 


Lot 75: THE MEN OF SEVEN HATS

Half plate daguerreotype. Half case. There's a lot more going on here than top hats. It's actually quite an animated pose. The handsome man with the white hat, to the right of center, certainly wins the 'handsome' category but shhhh... is that Abe over his shoulder? Simply a stunning presentation of seven individuals. The photographer was smart to straddle the white hats.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $3000 – 3500.

Sold for $2300 plus premium.