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 76. BUDDIES

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Full case. Is there attitude, or is this just who they are? Whatever, they are buddies, and that is clear. Strong composition grounded by the walking stick.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $650 – 750.

Sold for $1300 plus premium. 

 


Lot 77: FIREMAN FOREMAN #2 RUTLAND, SALT PRINT

Not only is he more important at this moment than you or me, he wears an intriguing uniform with a star stitched onto his chest. His pockets are diagonal and there are stars on his collars. There's an insignia in between the buttons on his sleeves. His belt buckle has some text which isn't readable, but perhaps retrievable. He holds the bugle vertically. The hat on the table says "FOREMAN 2 RUTLAND."

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $500 - 600.

Sold for $325 plus premium. 


Lot 79: EBENEZER ELIJAH HENRY, MISSOURI, KANSAS & TEXAS W. RAILROAD CO.

Pair of albumen prints on one page (6 ¼ X 7 ¾ inches. 6 X 8 inches). 

The top photograph features two men standing on the railroad tracks. "E.E. Henry" appears in the water by the boat. The bottom photograph shows a train. The engine is emblazoned with "M.K. & T. R. W. Co." We presume the "W" stands for west. There are men in front of the train, on top of the train and in the doorways of the train. We can see a busy town to the left. Wikipedia offers a good history of the "M.K & T." Railroad as it came to be known, and eventually shortened to "Katy." "...The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway Company crossed the Red River and entered Texas, near modern day Denison, a town that was created by the railroad. The Katy….won the race to be the first railroad to connect Texas to the rest of the country."  (Texas Transportation Museum website.)

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $400 - 500.

Sold for $400 plus premium.


Lot 84: A LINE OF 29

3 quarter plate daguerreotypes of couples (1 full split case, 2 half cases). 19 sixth plate daguerreotypes include 2 pairs of children, 4 couples (2 double cases, otherwise all full or full split cases). 5 sixth plate ambrotypes include 2 family groups & 1 couple (3 full split cases, 2 half cases). 1 ninth plate dag of woman (half case). 1 ninth plate ambrotype (full case, ad on reverse).

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $500 – 600.

Sold for $850 plus premium. 


Lot 85: THE MUDMEN: A BAGPIPE ROCK BAND FROM CANADA
Quarter plate daguerreotype. Contemporary case. Daguerreotype by Mike Robinson from the estate of Craig Schneider. This compelling full length view of an unorthodox Canadian heavy-metal rock band is fully tinted. The artist, Mike Robinson, made a series of five of this band which depicts two brothers. One went to the brothers' mother, the second went to the brothers, the third Mike kept, and the fourth Craig selected from the two that were available to the market. We want to stress that each was a different pose. The fifth is in a private collection.
 
RESERVE AUCTION.
 
ESTIMATE: $2000 – 2500.

Sold for $1500 plus premium.


Lot 86: FRONTIERSMAN

The brim of his stylish tilted hat looks worn. His eyes are intense. His bandana has a paisley pattern and loose threads hanging off it. Even more telling is the cuff partially hidden by his hand, which is frayed. His pants look like they're torn. 

He certainly looks like a 49er i.e. Gold Miner. The material of the shirt and the placement of the buttons suggest that. He's certainly rough and rugged. Perhaps he's a teamster working the West. Life is tough out on the frontier.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE $1300-1600.

Sold for $1200 plus premium.


Lot 87: BLACK WOMAN TENDING TO A WHITE CHILD

Sixth plate ambrotype. Half case. The woman has her hair braided and wears a bright checkered blouse. One hand is on the baby's shoulder and the other is on the baby's torso, keeping the child still. The child, on a high seat, stayed still.

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $1000 – 1200.

Sold for $450 plus premium. 

 


Lot 90: GIROUX'S MANUAL FOR MAKING DAGUERREOTYPES, 1839

Alphonse Giroux et Cie, Éditeurs, Paris, 1839. Nouvelle Edition. 8vo, (ii), frontispiece portrait, (ii), 76 pp., 4 of 6 leaves of plates. In original & repaired binding. The second edition of this rare manual; listed by Beaumont Newhall as the eighth printing in the chronology. See: AN HISTORICAL & DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THE VARIOUS PROCESSES OF THE DAGUERROTYPE & THE DIORAMA by Daguerre. Illustrated and with introduction by Beaumont Newhall. NY: Winter House Ltd., 1971, p. 270.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $2000 – 2500.

Sold for $1500 plus premium. 


Lot 92: FATHER EMBRACING BABY BY WILLIAMSON

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM www.finedags.com.

Quarter plate Daguerreotype. Full case. Stamped in the brass mat, at lower left: "C.H. Williamson." Animated study of a father and child, in embrace, and both looking right at the camera. The facial tint is superb and the vignette effect is stunning.

The donors write: "Charles Williamson and his brother Edward were preeminent in their ability to produce a dazzling dark gray tone consistently that is rarely seen...Their professional use of an artistic palette of wide-ranging hues was unsurpassed. The sensibilities and skills they used to create marvelous relationships while posing their subjects astounds (us)...".

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $1500 – 1800.

Sold for $1800 plus premium.


Lot 94: MAMMOTH TINTYPE BAR AT GREY'S CREEK 2015 BY N. W. GIBBONS

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM N. W. GIBBONS.

Tintype. Measures 17 ¾ x 22 inches or 455 x 560 mm. N.W. Gibbons has been producing fine art photography for 35 years. He has over 20 years experience as a firefighter in the Westport, Connecticut Fire Department. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, and he won First Place in the National Alternative Photography Competition at the Soho Art Gallery in a juried show in 2015. He work is in the permanent collections of Wesleyan University, Yale University Art Gallery, Hallmark Collection, Library of Congress, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Museum of Modern Art, NY, San Francisco MoMA, Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Sloan-Kettering Foundation.

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $3500 – 4000.

Sold for $550 plus premium.


Lot 95: CIVIL WAR SOLDIER, RIFLE & BAYONET

Quarter plate ruby glass ambrotype. Cupid And the Wounded Stag  Union Case. It's the pose that sets this apart from other Civil War ambrotypes. Not only is the rifle and bayonet pointed upward in a seated pose, his finger adds a little flair to the composition. We don't need to detail his accoutrements, as Civil War aficionados know what they're looking at. An exceptional work of artistry.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1400 - 1700.

Sold for $1300 plus premium. 


Lot 96: ALLEGORICAL ANCHOR SCENE

Half plate Ambrotype. Split case. Three young women pose for an allegorical scene. Left to right, they're holding a cross, an anchor, and a heart. The woman in the middle has a star on her head. The woman at right is pointing. On the ground is a basket lined with white cloth napkins and filled with bread and bottles. 

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $1600 – 1800.

Sold for $1600 plus premium.

 


Lot 97: FRAMED PAIR BY PLUMBE, MR & MRS. OREM, BALTIMORE

2 half plate daguerreotypes. Ogee frames. Circa mid 1840s. From the Plumbe Archives of Cliff and Michele Krainik. They depict John Morris Orem (1810 - 1876) and Sophia West Orem, aka Sophia Rebecca Chase Orem (1817 - 1853). The portrait of Mr. Orem is overmatted and has "PLUMBE" stamped below the image. The portrait of Mrs. Orem has a black paper mat. It is attributed to John Plumbe, by Clifford Krainik. (Cliff is recognized as the foremost expert on John Plumbe, as was Michele, now deceased). John Morris Orem was a Baltimore, Maryland importer and dealer in dry goods. He built a large Victorian mansion, 'Auchentoroly,' on Druid Hill. There's a lithograph of it in the collection of the Maryland Historical Society. Although it's been razed, Auchentoroly Terrace is recognized as a historic site. Sophia Orem was John Orem's first wife, living less than a decade after this portrait was taken. 

John Plumbe created the first photographic empire. He started with a small studio in Boston in 1840, and eventually expanded to 17 franchises. His studio in Baltimore opened in 1843. 

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE: $900 - 1100.

Sold for $750 plus premium.


Lot 99: BRUCE ERICKSON ENTERS CHURCH, BRY SUR MARNE, BY AKE HULTMAN

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM AKE HULTMAN.

9 x 12 cm. In a wood frame.

The artist explains that Bruce Erickson had Swedish ancestry, and Ake Hultman is Swedish, and they became good friends. Ake took this in 2013 in Bry Sur Marne, France, where Louis Daguerre spent the final third of his life. This daguerreotype coincided with the 25th Anniversary of the Daguerreian Society in Bry Sur Marne. Daguerreian Society members universally remember Bruce for his impassioned smile.

NO RESERVE.

ESTIMATE: $1200 – 1500.

Sold for $700 plus premium. 


Lot 100: DAGUERREOTYPE BY MIKE ROBINSON AT LACOCK ABBEY

Half-plate daguerreotype of the southern facade of Lacock Abbey showing a detail view the Oriel and bay windows.  W. H. F. Talbot added these windows to his estate shortly before his took his infamous miniature paper negative the Oriel (Latticed) window 1835. The Oriel widow in Mike Robinson's non-reversed daguerreotype is the smaller window on the right above the entrance to the cloisters. Taken in 2015, the daguerreotype is in a reverse paint passe-partout mount.

RESERVE AUCTION.

ESTIMATE $2400 - 2800.

Sold for $1600 plus premium.


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