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 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.


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.

 

 


Lot 54: THE MAN WITH THE HORN
Sixth plate daguerreotype. Split case. We’ve appropriated this title from a Miles Davis album. This fellow is so accommodating we actually get to see the full brass instrument. The photographer ensured it would be in view even after the brass mat was in place.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $500 – 600.

 

 


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.


Lot 56: ENGLISH PAIR FEATURING HANDSOME LAD BY KILBURN

Two sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Full case. By Kilburn. Features an astonishly 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.

   


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.

   

Lot 58: HENRI LE SECQ, BAS RELIEFS FROM THE ROUEN CATHEDRAL
Salt print from paper negative. Signature and title reversed out of the negative. Roughly 9 5/8 X 13 3/4 inches or 25 X 37 centimeters.
 
Henri Le Secq, a painter and antiquarian, collected Old Master prints and medieval ironwork. As the son of a politician, Le Secq became an expert on his native Paris and the self-appointed guardian of its historic architectural treasures as the city faced urbanization...Le Secq learned photography from his friend and colleague Gustave Le Gray. His earliest photographs were figure studies...for paintings. Always believing that photography was a tool for the painter, Le Secq later photographed landscapes as artists' studies...In 1851 he became a founder of the Société héliographique, the first photographic organization in the world...Throughout his career Le Secq only made paper negatives. He gave up photography after 1856, when paper negatives went out of fashion, but continued to paint and collect art (from the J. Paul Getty Museum website).
 
RESERVE AUCTION.
 
ESTIMATE: $2300 - 2700.

Lot 59: HENRI LE SECQ, RHEIMS

Salt print from paper negative, Signed and titled out of the negative. 13 X 7 3/8 inches or 33 X 18.7 centimeters.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $3000 - 3500.

 

 

 

 


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.


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.

  


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.

 

 

 


Lot 64: PORTRAIT OF CIVIL WAR OFFICERS BY H.G. SMITH
1865 photograph, late 19th century enlargement. Printing-out paper.  13 x 16-1/2 in. (330 x 419 mm). Original mount. This mammoth sized photograph depicts 14 Civil War Union officers. Every officer present wears shoulder straps, a couple sport badges, and at least four brought swords to the portrait sitting. Made from an original negative.
 
A previous owner has identified three of the sitters, on the back, in contemporary pencil (Major Robert H. Stevenson - 24th reg. Mass Vol; Francis W. Palfrey - Lt. Col. 20th Mass Vol.; Major Henry Lee Higginson, 1st Mass Cavalry), along with some basic enlistment/battle details and a note that the image occurred after April 1864. It has also been suggested that the fourth man in the front center row, from the left, could be Charles Jackson Paine, associated with recruiting the 22nd Mass. Infantry.
 
The rubber stamp on back identifies the photographer and reads: "H. G. Smith, Photographer, 116 Tremont St., Boston, Mass." A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900, by Chris Steele & Ron Polito, has Horatio G. Smith working in Boston in 3 locations with astounding longevity from 1862 until 1909, but 116 Tremont Street is not listed.
 
RESERVE AUCTION.
 
ESTIMATE: $500 - 600.

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.

 


Lot 67: ENGLISH AMBROTYPES INCLUDING MOTHER CHILD & DANCE SCULPTURE

Four ambrotypes in three cases or frames (quarter plate, ninth plate, double ninth plates).

1) Quarter plate. Passe partout frame. Tinted mother and children. Mother struggles with children. Wonderful sculpture depicting dance on the right. Tinted sky, flowers, bonnet, bow, and dress.

2) Two ninth plates in one full leather case. Woman in chair outside in the garden. Three women indoors; two seated, one standing in front of drapes.

3) Ninth plate. Full leather case. Man intently reading, holding book with both hands.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $600 – 700.

  

Lot 69: THE GREEK SLAVE, 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.

 

 

Lot 70: HUNTER CIRCA 1843, FRANCE

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Paper mat. Paper seals. Period ink on reverse tells the maker. Consignor says “Norget,” although we read “Nogent.” Very early.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1800 - 2100.

  


Lot 72: JOSEPH-PHILIBERT 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: $8000 - 12,000.


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.

 


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.