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|2016 Daguerreian Society Benefit Auction|
The Daguerreian Society 2016 Symposium Benefit Auction
The auction will start at approximately 8:30 PM EDT on Saturday, October 22, 2016.
The live auction will be held at:
Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
Our audience includes collectors, dealers and institutions.
Preview prior to the auction on from approximately at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001.
CONDITION REPORTS, FOR ABSENTEE BIDDERS ONLY, ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. Contact Greg French at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full auction terms may be found here.
LIVE AUCTION LOTS
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.
ESTIMATE: $3500 – 4000.
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.
ESTIMATE: $400 – 500.
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.
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.
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.)
ESTIMATE: $600 – 700.
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.
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."
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).
ESTIMATE: $2300 - 2700.
Lot 59: HENRI LE SECQ, RHEIMS
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."
Although landscapes are his favorite subject, Robert asserts that nudes are the most difficult of all.
ESTIMATE: $750 - 900.
Lot 61: NUDE, OJO DE LA VACA, N.M. MAY 25, 2004 © R. SHLAER 910
ESTIMATE: $750 - 900.
Lot 62: NUDE, LAMY, N.M. OCTOBER 31, 2003 © R. SHLAER 908
ESTIMATE: $850 - 1000.
Lot 63: HIGH WAISTED MAN & DAUGHTER WITH FLOWERS
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.
ESTIMATE: $300 – 400.
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.
ESTIMATE: $500 - 600.
LOT 65. THE SOLDIER’S FAMILY: A STORY TOLD IN DAGUERREOTYPES
Four sixth plate daguerreotypes. Bowl of fruit thermoplastic union case. "ANSON" stamped lower left on first plate. This refers to Rufus Anson's studio in New York City. It's a reasonable assumption that all four plates were by Anson. The consignor writes: "Behold one of the early examples of The American Family Album." These are daguerreotypes of larger daguerreian plates that the family must have displayed in their house uniting them all together, in this concise yet grand presentation. Whether these daguerreotypes depict the boy at three different stages of his life or depicts three different children, we don’t know. 1) Anxious child in a chair. 2) Mother and father with boy in blue between them. The father is seen in profile. 3) Mother (same woman) with arm around the boy. 4) Father (same man) wearing his military uniform. Bright and bold gold highlights.
ESTIMATE: $2800 – 3200.
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.
ESTIMATE: $6000 – 7500.
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.
ESTIMATE: $600 – 700.
Lot 68: ELDERLY MAN ATTENDS CHILD WEARING CAPE, PLUS
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.
ESTIMATE: $500 – 600.
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."
ESTIMATE: $1200 - 1500.
Lot 70: HUNTER CIRCA 1843, FRANCE
ESTIMATE: $1800 - 2100.
Lot 71: RUSSIA COUNTESS HELENA SUMAROKOV, BY KAROL BEYER, POLAND
Approximately sixth plate size. Split case. This daguerreotype is of Russian Countess, Helena Sergeievna Sumarokove-Elston (1829-1901). The label on reverse indicates the maker as Karola Beyer of Warsaw. The Countess was married to Felix Nikoljevich Elston (1820-1877), the son of Prince Wilhelm of Prussia.
PROVENANCE. Owned by the Swedish painter, daguerreotypist, and photographer, Carl Peter Mazer (1807-1884). The Mazer family was in possession of this daguerreotype until the early 1980s. This daguerreotype was exhibited in the painting exhibition at Sweden’s beautiful art museum, Prins Eugen Waldemarsudde (Prince Eugen's Waldemarsudde) in Stockholm, Djurgarden, in 1978. Accompanying it was a companion daguerreotype of the Count Felix Nikoljevich Elston. The consignor has owned this daguerreotype for 35 years.
IDENTIFICATION. There are very few images of Countess Helena Sergeievana Sumarokove-Elston available, and the closest in age that we could find was a painting of her as a much younger woman. However, painters took artistic license. Identification has been made according to a clear line of provenance. We expect all bidders to do their due diligence in regards to identity.
KAROLA BEYER (1818-1877). Founder of the first photographic parlor in Warsaw. Learned daguerreotyping in Pairs. In 1851 he made daguerreotypes showing a solar eclipse. Also made daguerreotypes of Polish coins and medals in 1854, demonstrating the documentary potential of photography. In 1858 he photographed works of art presented at the "Exhibition of Antiquities and Monuments of Art" in Krakow, which was organized by the local scientific community. He was also known for his photographic albums.
CARL PETER MAZER (1807-1884). From Sweden. painter, photographer. Trained as a painter in Stockholm, studied in France, Italy and Finland. Founded a daguerreotype studio in Moscow, Russia and his daguerreotypes are in institutions there. Returned to Stockholm and in 1864, published Handbook of Photography.
ESTIMATE: $8000 - 10,000.
Lot 72: GIRAULT DE PRANGEY, APHRODISIAS. FIGURE ET FRAGMENTS
Titled and numbered in ink on label on verso. One of the earliest surviving images of this area of modern Turkey by de Prangey.
ESTIMATE: $8000 - 12,000.
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.
ESTIMATE: $1100 – 1400.
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.
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.
ESTIMATE: $3000 – 3500.