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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 76. BUDDIES
ESTIMATE: $650 – 750.
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."
ESTIMATE: $500 - 600.
Lot 78: LUDWIG BELITSKI, PATTERN GLASSWARE, SALT PRINT
Measures 7 ½ x 8 ½ inches or 193 x 202 mm. "The Prussian baron Alexander von Minutoli (1806-87) often sent his model collection to schools of the applied arts. The objects, however, suffered from this treatment. Thus he commissioned photographic reproductions to circulate instead. The first trial with Daguerreotypes failed... In 1853 Minutoli engaged Ludwig Belitski to make a photographic reproduction on paper. Belitski was a photographer from Liegnitz in Silesia (now Legnica, Poland). He earned international fame from Minutoli's large commission (seven folio-sized volumes with 663 plates) and won awards in Brussels and Amsterdam in 1855 and 1856..." (Source: Victoria and Albert Museum website.)
ESTIMATE: $4000 - 5000.
Lot 79: EBENEZER ELIJZH 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."
ESTIMATE: $400 - 500.
Lot 80: MAMMOTH SALT PRINT OF IDENTIFIED LADIES BY BOGARDUS
Photographic portion is approximately 12 ¾ x 19 or 32 x 48 cm. This has many features in its favor. There's a partial blindstamp at the bottom of the mount where "OGARDU" is visible. However, on reverse, there are two tax revenue stamps which are each stamped with "Bogardus Photo 363 B'dway N.Y. 1865." Abraham Bogardus was one of New York City's elite photographers (praised highly for his daguerreotypes). Each of these 23 lovely ladies is identified in cursive period ink at the bottom. The posing is extraordinary.
Modern note on reverse says: "Large Print of a Daguerreotype taken in 1863 of the Young Ladies from the School. headed by the Mrs. Lucy M. & Mary R. Green. Ladies Seminary 1 Fifth Avenue, N.Y.C."
ESTIMATE: $600 - 700.
Lot 81: ROGERS LOCOMOTIVE AND MACHINERY WORKS, N.J.
Albumen photograph. Measures 10 ¾ x 17 inches or 273 x 432 mm. Title on front: "Rogers Locomotive and Machinery Works, Paterson, New Jersey." J. Reid, Photographist. The locomotive has stenciled onto the side: "Haydenville Branch R.R." and "P. Hayden" and "Rogers." Some of the principles are listed below.
ESTIMATE: $750 – 900.
Lot 82: ROMANTIC SEA CAPTAIN, ENGLAND
ESTIMATE: $4000 – 5000.
Lot 83: STEREOVIEW DAGUERREOTYPE BY ANTOINE CLAUDET
With leather sleeve. Depicts a lady in blue. Original label on reverse. "Banker and businessman Antoine Claudet learned of the new daguerreotype process in 1839 from its inventor Jacques Louis Mandé Daguerre. Claudet promptly purchased a license to practice the fledgling art. He opened his studio in 1841 and became one of only two operators of daguerreotype studios in England. Claudet actively experimented with the daguerreotype medium, becoming one of the first practitioners to significantly reduce exposure times. He joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1853." (Source: The J. Paul Getty website.)
ESTIMATE: $1200 – 1400.
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).
ESTIMATE: $500 – 600.
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.
ESTIMATE: $2000 – 2500.
Lot 86: DR. J.J. WARING BY MATHEW BRADY GALLERY
Quarter plate daguerreotype. Split case. Velvet pad reads: "Brady's Daguerreian Miniature Gallery 205 & 207 Broadway New York & Penn Avenue, Washington." Note affixed to pad says: "Dr. J.J. Waring, Alston, Annie." Dr. J.J. Waring (1829-1888) was born in Savannah, Georgia. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 1852, with further studies in Dublin and London. In 1857 He was elected professor of Physiology & Obstetrics at the National Medica College in the capitol city of Washington. He married in 1856, and is shown in the daguerreotype with his daughter Annie and son Alston... in 1861, after the outbreak of war, he returned to Savannah to be with his family, where he was arrested by Confederate authorities and then paroled. He is noted for a prominent role in improving public health after a yellow fever outbreak in 1876. He was a resident of Savannah until his death.
ESTIMATE: $1200 – 1500.
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.
ESTIMATE: $1000 – 1200.
Lot 88: CAMERA OBSCURA
Length. 12 11/16 inches or 322 mm. Width. 7 ¾ inches or 197 mm. Height. 5 11/16 inches or 144 mm. Includes lens in the opening. Mirror inside.
The Box Camera Obscura is the direct ancestor to the Photographic Camera. The image on the ground glass of a camera obscura like the one we are offering, was the impetus to "fix" the image, hence photography.
(For an informative website, go to: The Magic Mirror of Life: an appreciation of the Camera Obscura, by Jack and Beverly Wilgus.)
ESTIMATE: $1800 – 2200.
Lot 89: 36 INCH TELESCOPE, LICK OBSERVATORY, CALIFORNIA BY TABER
Full title is: The 36-inch telescope, Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton, Ca. Circa 1880s by Isaiah West Taber. 9 ¼ x 7 9/16 inches or 235 x 192 mm. Albumen print. Photographer's information, title and negative number (5880) are reversed out of a strip at the bottom of the image.
This 36-inch refractor telescope (also known as the Great Lick Refractor) was built at the same time as the Lick Observatory, between 1880 and 1888. The 36 inches refers to the diameter of the refracting lens, which was, at that time, the largest in the world. The observatory was built at an altitude of 1,280 meters and was the world's first permanent mountaintop observatory. This is the 36-inch refractor telescope that Edward Emerson Barnard used to discover Amalthea, the fifth moon of Jupiter, on September 9, 1892, Taber used the telescope to take photographs of the moon, which he sold.
"After working for a photographic studio in San Francisco from 1864 until 1871, Massachusetts-born Isaiah West Taber opened his own business, which quickly became one of the premier studios in the city. He had come to San Francisco in 1850 in search of gold but instead found success with photographic silver. During an 1880 trip to the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands, Taber photographed King Kalakaua, who again sat for Taber on a visit to San Francisco. In addition to his own photographs, Taber printed, published, and distributed the work of other photographers, including Carleton Watkins. Taber acquired Watkins's negatives in 1881 as a result of Watkins's bankruptcy. He also sold photographic supplies and manufactured dry plates. In 1906 the devastating fire following the San Francisco earthquake destroyed nearly his entire stock: "eighty tons of portrait negatives and twenty tons of view negatives." (Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum website.)
ESTIMATE: $400 – 500.
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.
ESTIMATE: $2000 – 2500.
Lot 91: INDIGENOUS MAN HOLDING STAFF
Tintype housed in quarter plate parts. Half case. There is much to see in this man's face. The consignor writes: "... a gripping portrait of a magnificent, elderly Native American holding staff, wearing non-native clothes. His dark eyes bore into the viewer, stirring the conscience troubled by the decimation of native Americans, a tragedy at its peak in the mid 19th Century..." This is a true quarter plate made to be a cased image, and not merely fitted into a case. The consignor surmises that it's an early 1860s tintype. An outside opinion suggested that this may depict a native Californian.
ESTIMATE: $1200 – 1500.
Lot 92: FATHER EMBRACING BABY BY WILLIAMSON
THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM DENNIS WATERS.
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.
ESTIMATE: $600 – 750.
Lot 93: ILLUSTRATED DAGUERREIAN BROADSIDE
Dimensions: 10 3/16 x 7 ¾ inches or 263 x 195 mm. This daguerreotypist was a true entrepreneur, as he advertises Daguerreotypes, Melainotypes, Photographs & Ambrotypes. What sets this apart is the lithograph likeness of the artist: L.C. Laudy. Craig's Daguerreian Registry, by John Craig, lists L.C. Laudy at 198 Eighth Avenue, New York City, New York in 1857-1858. He lived at 110 West 25th Street. The source goes on to note: "Probably the same L.C. Laudy listed as a daguerreian in Wadesboro, N.C. in 1858-1859." Note that the address on the broadside is "Commercial Building, Coxsackie, N.Y." At the top, the broadside proclaims: "Secure the Shadow ere the Substance Fade, Let Nature copy that which Nature made."
ESTIMATE: $1800 - 2200.
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.
ESTIMATE: $3500 – 4000.
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.
ESTIMATE: $1400 - 1700.
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.
ESTIMATE: $1600 – 1800.
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.
ESTIMATE: $900 - 1100.
Lot 98: FULL PLATE, FIVE MEN & WOMAN, ATTRIBUTED TO VANCE
Whole plate (full plate) daguerreotype. Wood frame. It's speculated that this might be a California literary group, since the individuals are huddled around a book and they're apparently on equal footing without regards to gender. The hand gestures are noteworthy, demonstrating cameraderie with an artistic flair. There is another version of this daguerreotype in the collection of the Exchange National Bank of Chicago (see: Aperture, Fall, 1969, Vol. 14, No. 2, A Collection of Photographs, u.p. on the introduction pages). The mat is similar to mats that Robert H. Vance (daguerreotypist who was based in California during the Gold Rush) used.
ESTIMATE: $6000 – 7500.
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.
ESTIMATE: $1200 – 1500.
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.
ESTIMATE $2400 - 2800.