2017 Daguerreian Society Benefit Auction
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The Daguerreian Society 2017 Symposium Benefit Auction

The auction will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at

        Embassy Suites by Hilton Convention Center
        
900 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

The silent auction starts approximately 6 pm EDT.

The live auction will begin at 8:30 pm EDT.

CONDITION REPORTS, FOR ABSENTEE BIDDERS ONLY, ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. Contact Greg French at gregfren@comcast.net.

Full auction terms may be found at the end of this catalog.


LIVE AUCTION LOTS

Lot 1: A RANDOM LOT OF IMAGES

25 images total:

2 quarter plate uncased daguerreotypes.

5 sixth plate daguerreotypes (1 full case, 2 split cases, half case, uncased) features a boy and girl arms around each other in need of new glass.

1 quarter plate ambrotype uncased, preserver only.

5 sixth plate ambrotypes (double case, full case, half case, dilapidated half case).

5 sixth plate tintypes (2 full cases, half case, 2 mat and preserver only).

1 mammoth tintype. 4 full plate tintypes (approximately 8½ X 6½ inches). 2 very small tintypes.

This is a generous donation from David R. Phillips, facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered Mr. Phillips' collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

David R. Phillips, a rescuer of forgotten studios, developed an innovative method for reproducing the negatives in his collection. Unparalleled, he is considered the foremost expert in his field. His work has been published in countless venues—including the 1974 monograph Taming the West: a photographic perspective—and curated a number of significant exhibitions, including a two-part show at the Art Institute of Chicago from his nineteenth century photo archive of Leavensworth, Kansas. Phillips is himself a skillful photographer, winning high honors in both state and national competitions.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $150-300


Lot 2: NUDE, ASPEN VISTA, BY ROBERT SHLAER

Inscribed by the Artist on Reverse: "Nude, Aspen Vista, SFNF, New Mexico, August 26, 2004, © R. Shlaer 920." Measures 5 X 4 inches.

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: $700-1000


Lot 3: BOY WITH A RIFLE

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Split case.

Boy with lace collar and lace pantaloons holds a rifle diagonally across his waist. It's a provocative image through our 21st century eyes, and yet at the time it was likely innocent. Powerful.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $1500-2500

 

 


Lot 4: OVER 400 CDVS, MOSTLY AMERICAN, PLUS SUEZ CANAL & ITALY

This collection of well over 400 CDVs is mostly American, and includes a large portion of 1860s quality albumen full length poses from various states. Featured also is a series of 20 from the Suez Canal, and 4 1863 CDVs from Italy, including mummies. Lots of great finds in here.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-600


Lot 5: BIZARRE MASK GRINNING LARGE TINTYPE

Approximately 6½ x 4¾ inches.

The creature is grinning, but there are eerie undertones to this fabulous tintype. File this under the 'as strange as they come' category. A thoroughly engaging image.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $500-800

 

 


Lot 6: GIRL WITH FABULOUS HEADDRESS & COLORED TARTAN OUTFIT
Quarter plate daguerreotype. Housed in black push button case.
 
She wears the classic off-the-shoulders dress but we're riveted by the colors that shimmer off her tartan outfit. And then there's the fabulous headdress. It's been suggested that the slippers on her feet are ballet slippers. 
 
NO RESERVE
 
ESTIMATE: $2000-3000

 

 


Lot 7: MAN WEARING TOP HAT NEXT TO HIS DOG, IN HORSE & BUGGY

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Half case.

This outdoor scene daguerreotype is framed wonderfully. There's a picket fence and overhanging tree to the right, and the big open doorway to the carriage house to the left. The man has his head held high with his top hat and one of his favorite traveling companions next to him. The horse stayed relatively still. This image will look magnificent with new glass. 

RESERVE AUCTION 

ESTIMATE: $1300-2500


Lot 8: THE PHOTOGRAPHER & THE SITTER, A ROGERS GROUP, 1878

Rogers Group Statues (as each individual statue was referred to) were immensely popular and affordable in late 19th century America, and indeed, they were shipped around the world. Rogers Groups vary widely in price, according to rarity. We are told this is the only Rogers statue that consists of two parts. The most recent sale we could find of this particular set was in 2011 at a small Pittsfield, Massachusetts Auction House (Fontaine's) where "The Photographer and The Sitter" sold for $3600.

 

"The Photographer" is 18½ inches tall and "The Sitter" is 17 inches tall. These statues have been restored by Bruce Bleier, the leading restorer of Rogers Groups. His parents wrote the privately published book John Rogers Groups of Statuary in 1971, which he republished in expanded form in 2001 by Schiffer Publishing. "John Rogers Studio" in New Canaan, Connecticut was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1965.

 

Absentee bidders: this lot consists of statues, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

 

NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $3000-5000

 

 


Lot 9: HALF PLATE BY MATHEW BRADY STUDIO

Half plate daguerreotype. Split case. Very good velvet pad says "BRADY'S GALLERY 359 BROADWAY NEW YORK."

Though known first as a portraitist, Mathew Brady became the most famous American photographer of the 1800s because of his studio's many Civil War images. Like other enterprising photographers in the mid-1850s, he opened a studio on Broadway in New York City... After the election of 1848, Brady traveled to Washington to photograph political figures. Over time, he built a monumental archive that included presidents, senators, congressmen, Supreme Court justices, actors, writers, businessmen, clergy, scientists, artists, military men, and entrepreneurs. (From the J. Paul Getty Museum website)

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-800


Lot 10: HALF PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE OF 2 STANDING GIRLS BY LAWRENCE

Lower left corner of mat: "LAWRENCE." 2 girls, likely sisters, are full standing 

side by side with the younger clutching the older girl's arm. The older girl's sleeves have a touch of red and both of their cheeks have blush added. An endearing portrait.

Old or original seals and a silvered back. Split case with lovely velvet pad.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $500-1000

 


Lot 11: DREAMY YOUNG WOMAN IN A GREEN DRESS WITH A GOLD NUGGET

Sixth plate ambrotype.

Dreamy young woman in a green dress, wears a large cameo, a gold nugget on her necklace, and a gold bracelet. Notice the lively mat. Full case.

This is a generous donation from David R. Phillips, facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered Mr. Phillips' collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

David R. Phillips (bio at Lot 1) donated the following lots: 1, 11, 18, 27, 28, 45, 54, 56, and 58.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $200-300


Lot 12: SOUTHWORTH & HAWES DAGUERREOTYPE WITH PERIOD INK

More accurately, this is an overmatted quarter plate daguerreotype of a man by Southworth & Hawes in an appropriate custom size black push button case with period ink notations inside. We wonder who executed the writing? Was it Albert Sands Southworth or Josiah J. Hawes? Or someone in their employ?

A portrait in their distinctive style with an interplay of shadow and light. Period ink inside the case dictates "1/4 Photo without frame & case Eyes blue hair light brown."

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM JEFF GREEN. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-600

 

 


Lot 13: HUNTER & DOG IN BEAUTIFUL BROWN TONES

Quarter plate daguerreotype in passé-partout presentation with an outer frame.

The brown tones of the dog, the strap, the hat, and the flesh tones of the man all elevate this daguerreotype. Then there's the warm pose and strong content. There is no text on reverse.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $3500-5000

 

 


Lot 14: THE FLATIRON BUILDING IN NEW YORK CITY BY MIKE ROBINSON

Half-plate daguerreotype in reverse painted passé-partout mount.

Mike Robinson is the proprieter of the Century Darkroom, Toronto, and a modern master of the art of daguerreotype making. He completed his doctorate on the materiality of daguerreotypes in 2017. He has given demonstrations at the Smithonian Institution (Washington D.C.), Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth, Texas), and the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey (Lacock, United Kingdom). His work can be found in the collections of the George Eastman House (Rochester, New York), the Portrait Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario), the Hallmark Photographic Collection (Kansas City, Missouri), and the Snite Museum of Art (University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana). He also exhibited at the Hotel Malestroit in Bry-sur-Marne, France, in an exhibit organized by le Musée Adrien Mentienne.

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM MIKE ROBINSON. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $1000-2000


Lot 15: AMERICAN FAMILY, TINTED SOCIALITE & GERMAN CHILDREN PLUS

This lot consists of three unrelated large daguerreotypes.

1) Half plate daguerreotype in wooden frame. American Family of father, mother and three children. The interaction between this close-knit family is special. Left to right: the girl snuggles with her mother, who flashes a reserved smile. The older centers the composition and has his hand upon his mother's shoulder. The youngest child, a boy wearing a dress, is comfortably on his father's lap with his father's hand holding him steady. He rests his little hand on his father's.

 

2) Quarter plate daguerreotype in oval frame. Hand-colored woman with great skin tones and lovely dress, holding onto a fine chair. Her brooch and a couple of rings on her fingers have been pin-pricked so that they sparkle.

3) Half plate daguerreotype of German children. All three children wear bloomers. The child at left, presumably a boy, holds a wreath. Housed in a passé-partout frame. Label on reverse: "Lichtbild von Emil Tiedemann BREMEN Atelier Riehtweg No. 12 parterre."

4) #3 above accompanied by a cabinet card with 1874 ink. We don't know whether the woman in the cabinet card is depicted in the daguerreotype. It certainly seems possible.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-700


Lot 16: FOUR TINTYPES OF SMALL DOGS IN BASKET OF FLOWERS CASE

Four tintypes fitted into sixth plate mats and preservers and housed in a Basket of Flowers case.

We get a dog posing left but looking at the camera, a dog in profile leaning onto a chair, a dog posing right with tongue hanging out, and a dog laying left.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $600-1000

 

 

 

 

 


Lot 17: THE "MOTHER" OF TINTYPE LOTS

This lot consists of 349 tintypes of various sizes. Subjects are varied. Lots of surprises in this group. Appropriate for advanced dealer or advanced collector or anyone else who wants to expand. 

IN DESCENDING ORDER OF SIZE:

7 large ranging from 6 X 4 inches to 7 X 4 7/8 inches.

1 cased sixth plate cased tintype. 

95 "regular-sized" tintypes (78 roughly CDV sized, 9 larger, 7 smaller).

54 tintypes with paper sleeves (mostly CDV sized paper, 2 smaller).

1 ninth plate with preserver on paper mount. 

Small intact album with 7 small tintypes (in between ninth and gemtype).

1 tiny oval on paper mount. 

1 gemtype with mat & preserver on paper mount. 

Loose album pages containing 171 gemtypes. Astonishingly, most of them are identified!

15 individual quality gemtypes.

LARGE SUBJECTS:

2 women with guitar and sheet Musick Michael.

Woman on horseback in a mountain setting.

CASED SIXTH SUBJECT:

Young lady on a horse with a row of buildings on one side and trees on the other. 

CDV SIZED SUBJECTS:

3 soldiers, man in parade uniform, man in militia musician uniform, dog with hidden mother, child with scratched out mother, men engaged in conversation, child with photographic display, tinted boy on high chair outside, fraternal uniform, children with dolls (2), 4 wearing hats under patriotic banner, man with bicycle. 

SMALL SIZE SUBJECTS:

Includes gorgeous woman with pink dress and pink hat ribbons wearing a cameo brooch and fingerless gloves. 

Soldier and his wife wearing banners.

GEMTYPES:

Groups, hats, top hats, artistic shots.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $600-1200


Lot 18: THREE CHILDREN HOLDING FLOWERS, A MOTHER & CHILD & MORE

20 images:

Quarter plate daguerreotype in full case of three children holding red and white flowers.

Sixth plate mother and child (uncased). Also 9 other sixth plates (5 half cases, 4 uncased).

Ninth plate daguerreotype full case.

Sixth plate ambrotype features a woman with shawl and sun hat (half case).

4 other sixth plate ambrotypes (split case, 2 half cases, uncased).

3 ninth plate ambrotypes (split case, half case, uncased).

This is a generous donation from David R. Phillips, facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered Mr. Phillips' collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

David R. Phillips (bio at Lot 1) donated the following lots: 1, 11, 18, 27, 28, 45, 54, 56, and 58.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $350-550


Lot 19: NUDE, JEMEZ MOUNTAINS, NEW MEXICO 1992 BY ROBERT SHLAER

Inscribed on reverse, by the artist: "Nude, Jemez Mountains, N.M., June 12, 1992, ©1992 R. Shlaer 373." Measures 5 X 4 inches.

See Lot 2 for a biography of Robert Shlaer.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $650-900

 

 


Lot 20: RARE MAMMOTH TINTYPE OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN COUPLE

At 12 5/8 X 10 inches, this certainly qualifies as mammoth plate. The size is exceedingly rare for tintypes in general, and especially for African American subjects. He holds a white hat with one hand, and his other arm is around her. She wears a white dress of fine fabric. It is possible that this is a wedding portrait.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $1000-2000

 

 


Lot 21: THE PHOTOGRAPHY LIBRARY OF ESTEEMED COLLECTOR JORDAN PATKIN

Jordan Patkin was a highly esteemed camera and photography collector. His collection was world-class, and was meticulously organized and labeled. In addition, Mr. Patkin was a great humanitarian. The Daguerreian Society Auction 2012 featured his Palmer & Longking Half Plate Daguerreotype Camera. Now we are honored to be offering the Jordan Patkin Library of Photography Books.

A full inventory for this extensive collection is available here. All is included in this lot.

Absentee bidders: this is a large, bulky library, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $1000-2000


Lot 22: HISTORIC TREATISE ON COLOR DAGUERREOTYPES, REV. LEVI L HILL

"To the daguerreotypists of the United States and the public at large a statement respecting the natural colors" by L. L. Hill.

Westkill, Greene County, N. Y., 1852, 28 pages.

Sections: To the daguerreian fraternity and the public at large. The natural colors. Testimonials. The Hillotype - Its discovery, process and position. A visit to Westkill - R. Hill and his hillotypes. The Hillotype. The wonders of the Hillotype. Photographic Colors.

Testimonals from the following daguerreotypists: S. M. Harvey, George McKown, James Heath, Samuel Root, M. A. Root, J. Guerney, C. C. Harrison, J. W. Brown, Caleb Hunt, W. H. Weeks, Morris Bailey, WM. Schermerhorn, Samuel F. B. Morse.

The Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History holds an extraordinary series of early color photographs: sixty-two color daguerreotype plates made by Rev. Levi L. Hill in the early 1850s in Westkill, Greene County, New York... No greater controversy has ever appeared in the history of photography... Notable scientists and daguerreotypists such as Samuel F. B. Morse, Marcus A. Root, John A. Whipple, and Jeremiah Gurney wrote public testimonials to the importance of Hill's work. But Hill refused to show his pictures immediately after his announcement of success in 1850, and would not disclose the process before it was patented. This caused impatience among other photographers. Many regarded Hill as an imposter. Articles in photography journals pointed to daguerreotype photographers losing much business while patrons refrained from getting their photographic portraits made; they wanted to be photographed in color. Many photographers felt duped by Hill's motives, his advertising, and requests for more time to perfect his color process. Hillotypes were continually dismissed or denounced as fraudulent even long after Hill's death. However, x-ray and infrared studies of the Smithsonian's unique collection of Hillotypes in 2007 prove that many of these images demonstrate true natural color photography... (Source: National Museum of American History)

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $1250-2500

 


Lot 23: LONG-HAIRED BOY HOLDS FLOPPY HAT & WALKING STICK

Sixth plate daguereotype. Half case.

With his down-turned chin, but eyes looking up, he gets our attention. His belt is fastened high on his waist, over his tidy outfit. He holds a floppy wide-brimmed hat in one hand and a walking stick in the other.

THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM JERILYN MARSHALL. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $200-400

 


Lot 24: DAGUERREOTYPE JAMBOREE & WOLFERT'S ROOST

9 daguerreotypes: 3 quarter plates. 3 full cases including Wolfert's Roost (one with taped spine). (Washington Irving wrote a series of stories called "Wolfert's Roost.") 4 sixth plates (3 split cases, 1 half case). Octagonal sixth plate in Game of Chess case. Uncased stereo daguerreotype with mat the size of quarter plate.

Gentleman in Wolfert's Roost case, sisters in bonnets & a couple round out the quarter plates. A lady by PLUMBE, an identified lady a man and 2 brothers in sixth plate. An artful vignetted lady is octagonal with the stereoview being of a girl.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-800


Lot 25: PHOTOS OF INUIT PEOPLE BY BEVERLY DOBBS

4 photographs, 1 of which is framed.

1) Man in profile holding model of a wooden boat. "Dobbs Nome." 9 11/16 x 7½ inches.

2) Family of three with their Husky Dog. A great study in attire. "Dobbs Nome." 7 3/8 x 7 inches.

3) Closeup of a man wearing beads. "Copyright 1903 by B.B. Dobbs." 9¼ x 7 3/16 inches.

4) Man holding small tool. "Copyright 1905 by B.B. Dobbs #349." & "KOM AOU RUK" (Framed) 9¼ x 7¼ inches visible. 

The son of a farmer, Beverly Bennett Dobbs was born in 1868 near Marshall, Missouri. At age 8, he moved with his parents to Lincoln, Neb., where he learned photography. In 1888, Dobbs moved to Bellingham, Wash., and operated a photography studio for 12 years... then moved to Nome, Alaska, in search of gold in 1900. Dobbs continued to earn his living as a photographer... Dobbs photographed scenes in Nome and the Seward Peninsula and made portraits of Inuit people (Eskimos). He was awarded a gold medal at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World's Fair) in 1904 for his Eskimo photographs. By about 1909, Dobbs had started Dobbs Alaska Moving Picture Co., making him one of the first to use motion picture film north of the Arctic Circle. He made a name for himself as a filmmaker with Atop of the World in Motion (also called Top of the World in Motion), a collection of his motion picture travelogues detailing the Alaska gold rush. By 1911, it is probable that Dobbs was focusing only on his moving picture business; he no longer had his photography supply store, and had sold his photography negatives to the Lomen Brothers, who later issued some of his work under their name... (From the 'Archives West: Orbis Cascade Alliance' website) 

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $1500-3000


Lot 26: HANDSOME MAN WITH GLOVES IN WOLFERT'S ROOST CASE

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Full case.

The young man has tousled hair and looks not unlike a young Robert Burns, the poet. He holds a book and perhaps a riding crop. The name of the case is "Wolfert's Roost," which was the name of a collection of stories by Washington Irving.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-600

 


Lot 27: 32 AMBROTYPES

All sixth plate size. 3 full cases. 2 split cases. 10 half cases. 2 of 3 women each. 1 mother & child. 17 uncased. 3 male female couples. 2 pairs of children. 1 girl. 4 women. 1 boy. 17 men.

This is a generous donation from David R. Phillips, facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered Mr. Phillips' collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

David R. Phillips (bio at Lot 1) donated the following lots: 1, 11, 18, 27, 28, 45, 54, 56, and 58.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $250-300


Lot 28: 66 AMBROTYPES THAT NEED T.L.C. (TENDER LOVING CARE)

This lot consists of ambrotypes that need black backing or mats and preservers:

1 half plate unprotected. 1 quarter plate preserver only. 1 quarter plate
unprotected.

7 sixth plates in full cases or half cases. 8 sixth plates with mats and preservers. 16 sixth plates unprotected.

1 ninth plate full case. 1 ninth plate split case. 3 ninth plate half case. 15 ninth plate mat & preserver only. 12 ninth plates unprotected.

This is a generous donation from David R. Phillips, facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered Mr. Phillips' collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

David R. Phillips (bio at Lot 1) donated the following lots: 1, 11, 18, 27, 28, 45, 54, 56, and 58.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $100-250


Lot 29: SEASHELL BY IRVING POBBORAVSKY
In The Scenic Daguerreotype, (1995) John Wood describes Irving Pobboravsky as "the dean of modern daguerreotypists" in recognition both of his pioneering role and his exceptional talent in turning the abandoned daguerreian process into a medium for contemporary art. (Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs) In 1971, Pobboravsky's Masters research thesis, 'Study of Iodized Daguerreotype Plates,' was published by RIT's Graphic Arts Research Center. In 1973 he made a daguerreotype of the Eastman House (now the George Eastman Museum) with the Giroux camera which he donated to the Rochester Photographic Historical Society. The George Eastman Museum has since purchased several of his daguerreotypes. The Carnavalet Museum in Paris commissioned Irving Pobboravsky and Grant Romer to continue the daguerreotype documentation of Paris as part of their "Paris et daguerreotype" exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of the 1839 announcement of Daguerre's invention. After their six week stay, Pobboravsky & Romer were able to present about 20 daguerreotypes for the permanent collection. "Above all it is the potential beauty of the process that is both necessary and sufficient for me." (Luminous Lint website)  
 
The proceeds from the sale of this lot (after the seller's fee and buyer's fee, which go to The Daguerreian Society) are a donation to ABVI (The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired) on behalf of Mr. Pobboravsky. 
 
RESERVE AUCTION
 
ESTIMATE: $1200-2500

Lot 30: UNCLE GEO. AND GUS MIRROR IMAGE

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Split case.

This is a mirror image of a daguerreotype in the collection of William Becker, curator and owner of the on-line "The American Museum of Photography." Mr. Becker's daguerreotype was identified by a note as "Uncle Geo. and Gus."  Mr. Becker's daguerreotype image appears on page 106 of Daguerre's American Legacy: Photographic Portraits (1840-1900) from the Wm. B. Becker Collection," by Francois Brunet & Wm. B. Becker. Previously, it appeared as Figure 26 in The Daguerreotype: a Sesquicentennial Celebration, edited by John Wood, and in Secrets of the Dark Chamber, page 86, by Merry Foresta and John Wood, published by the National Museum of American Art. 

"This is an extreme example of what I mean by being an interloper: inserting ourselves in very private moments." From an interview with William Becker for "The Daguerreian Portrait in America"/"Le Portrait Daguerrien en Amérique," conducted by Geraldine Chouard.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $3000-6000


Lot 31: VIEW FOR A MEGALETHOSCOPE

This is a European albumen silver print with a curvature made expressly for a megalethoscope.

The late Jack Naylor's collection included one, there's been one on the Antiques Roadshow, and one resides in the Getty Museum. A megalethoscope is an optical apparatus designed by Carlo Ponti of Venice, Italy. They are the centerpiece of any room.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-600


Lot 32: A LOT OF CDVS

Approximately 775 CDVs (Cartes de Visite).

This lot has an emphasis on Europe: scenes, artwork, and personalities, as well as having portraits from both sides of the ocean. Included is a CDV of U.S. Grant and an unusual view of Charles Sumner.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE $300-600


Lot 33: FOUR DAGUERREOTYPES OF FOUR GORGEOUS WOMEN

4 sixth plate daguerreotypes. 3 full cases. The other in Calmady Children thermoplastic case.

1) Dark-haired woman with long ringlets or bottleneck curls flowing down her shoulders. Her sleeves are lace and she holds a folded fan.

2) Another dark-haired woman identified on a slip of paper as "Anne Younge Married Ephraim Drake."

3) Young woman in fashionable dress, holding a parasol.

4) Another fashion statement: A teenaged young lady wearing an electric outfit.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $600-1000

 

 

 

 


Lot 34: THREE EXCELLENT PAIRS

Three sixth plate daguerreotypes. 2 half cases, one split case.

All that these daguerreotypes have in common is that they each feature two people albeit distinctly different subjects. But each is compelling.

1) Rough tough father with daughter clinging to his arm.

2) A very sharp couple, she with an intriguing shawl and wide set of eyes, him more circumspect.

3) 2 women with the same hair style, holding hands. Each has a sense of fashion.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE $400-750


Lot 35: GUITAR, VIOLIN, FLUTE & SHEET MUSIC: STEREO DAGUERREOTYPE

This is most likely European in origin. There is a strong musical theme here with the three musical instruments and two open books of sheet music. The musical notation is discernible. Notice the glasses (spectacles) with side visors.

The idea of supplementary lenses was first introduced by Richardson's patent of 1797, in which two side lenses hinged to the eyerims and could be folded over the main lenses to combine the powers of the two. Out of this idea grew the concept of side visors. In the nineteenth century, rail travel began with a passengers being carried in open-top carriages with the wind, funnel smoke and sparks from the track in their faces. A particular type of protective spectacles with D-shaped lenses arose shortly before this time and came to be known as 'railway spectacles.' Sometimes such spectacles had tinted lenses and can be seen as early sunglasses in that they were for outdoor use. (Source: College of Optometrists website)

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $1000-1500


Lot 36: RUFFIAN SMOKING PIPE WITH TILTED HAT & DOG & RIFLE BESIDE HIM

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Split case.

This fellow is dripping with attitude. His hat is tilted in and his pipe is firmly planted. His knee up, for the most part concealing his weapon. One gets the feeling he doesn't need to show it; it's implied. His trusted dog is perked up by his side. A great character study.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $2500-3500

 


Lot 37: 100 EUROPEAN STEREOVIEWS ESP. ITALY PLUS 5 FRENCH GLASS

There are exactly 100 paper stereoviews in this lot, including many Italy (Pompeii in particular) and Ireland's Giant's Causeway. Many Sommer and Behles. Plus 5 French glass stereoviews.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-600

 

 

 

 

 


Lot 38: HAND COLORED ALBUMEN SILVER PRINT IN FULL PLATE CASE

Opening measures 6½ x 8½ inches.

Features a wonderfully posed family group. Mom with her hand-colored embroidery, Dad with his rich beard, the girl's dress is hand-colored as she's immersed in a book, and the boy in a dress unabashedly posing for the camera. 

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $1000-2000 


Lot 39: A DOZEN MEN DAGUERREOTYPES

1 quarter plate. Full case. 11 sixth plate. 2 full cases. 1 split case. 8 half cases.

We have 2 looking right, 2 looking left, and the rest are straight ahead. 3 show their hands, including the gentleman with the cane and the big white hat. Plus, there's a partial hand.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $250-500

  


Lot 40: 7 DAGS FROM THE 1840s, WITH TOP HAT MAN, MOTHER & CHILD

1 quarter plate. Split case. 6 sixth plates. 2 full cases, 4 split cases.

Features a man with a top hat and a touching mother and child. The quarter plate is of a couple and that's lovely, too. Also four early portraits of men.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $500-900

 


Lot 41: TREE BY ROB McELROY

Whole plate daguerreotype. Framed.

This daguerreotype puts us into a city park, but the title suggests we're focused on one tree.

Based in Buffalo, NY, Rob McElroy has been a professional photographer since 1980, shooting primarily photojournalistic, commercial, advertising and magazine assignments... In his early years he honed his skills working full time for the Associated Press and shooting sports for the NFL, all the while continuing to shoot industrial, commercial and studio jobs to get experience in all of photography's genres. For the past 15 years, McElroy has turned his attention to mastering the art of the daguerreotype process, and he is one of only a handful of practicing daguerreotypists... He's also a photo historian... actively involved in photo-conservation research projects, often in collaboration with various institutions. (The International Center of Photography)

Mr. McElroy's daguerreotypes are viewable on Flickr and CDags.org (Contemporary Daguerreotypes).

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $600-1300

 

 

 


Lot 42: PATRIOTIC MAN HAS BEACH UMBRELLA, MAN WITH CARTOON BODY

Two tintypes.

1) Shows a man in bizarre patriotic attire with a faux beach umbrella at a faux beach. In fact, are those his real arms? Approximately 3½ x 2 3/8 inches.

2) Carnival tintype of a man on a small body being pulled by a small dog. Approximately 3½ x 2½ inches.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $250-500

 


Lot 43: BIG BOX OF OPALOTYPES, AMBROTYPES & TINTYPES

Features a full plate tintype of a lady with superb hand-coloring and gold gilding. 

OTHER TINTYPES INCLUDE:

Full plate man with gold buttons, also hand-colored. 

Full plate (slightly under at 8 x 6 inches) of man with goatee.

Family group full plate.

Large outdoor scene family in front of house (roughly 4½ x 6 3/8 inches).

Sixth plate cased tintype of woman showing a cased image.

Smaller than ninth plate of a proper man. With mat and preserver. 

OPALOTYPES ON MILK GLASS: 

Large almost full plate of a woman.

Sixth plate oval of a woman, brown tones.

Ninth plate Peek-a-Boo thermoplastic case of man. Great patriotic mat.

AMBROTYPES:

Probably English quarter plate of 2 women. Mat and preserver only.

Sixth plate half case of two children.

Sixth plate full case post mortem (dark).

Sixth plate split case. Woman. 

Roughly 4 X 5 inches uncased of Washington's Tomb, hand colored.

Plus postcard of Washington's Tomb. 

Platt Babbitt Glass stereoview of Niagara Falls (broken).

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-800


Lot 44: DAGUERREOTYPE OF PERSON WITH BRAIDS BY CRAIG TUFFIN

Quarter plate daguerreotype. Untitled, from the "Echoes" series.

It is easy to find Craig Tuffin's website. He lives on the Tweed Coast in Northern New South Wales, Australia. "Tuffin has worked tirelessly in his experimentation of 19th century photographic techniques... Tuffin is more concerned with the 'medium meeting the message by selectively using techniques that best translate each narrative.' He is a consultant in 19th century photographic methods for the Museum of Brisbane and regularly travels as a speaker at institutional events. His work is in the official collection of the National Gallery of Australia, as well as many other private and public collections around the world."

This is a generous donation from Craig Tuffin. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this lot benefit The Daguerreian Society.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $500-2000


Lot 45: RUBY RUBY (19 RUBY GLASS AMBROTYPES)

Ambrotypes are positive images on glass, and need black backing in order to be seen. The exception is ruby glass ambrotypes, which are on colored glass, and therefore need no black backing.

19 images in all:

Quarter plate couple in split case.

Sixth plates:

    Matching man and woman in split double case.
    2 couples (split case, half case).
    4 men (2 half cases, 2 uncased but with mat & preserver).
    2 women (half case, and uncased with mat and preserver).

1 sixth plate unprotected of "Mother...65 years old...1861 by J. T. Upton, Buffalo...Received in Quincy..." 2 more unprotected plates.

3 ninth plates of men (split case, half case, mat & preserver only).

1 unprotected ninth plate. 1 smaller-than-ninth-plate unprotected.

This is a generous donation from David R. Phillips, facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered Mr. Phillips' collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

David R. Phillips (bio at Lot 1) donated the following lots: 1, 11, 18, 27, 28, 45, 54, 56, and 58.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $150-250


Lot 46: NUDE, LAMY, NEW MEXICO, BY ROBERT SHLAER

Inscribed on reverse by the artist: "Nude, Lamy, N.M., October 31, 2003, © R. Shlaer 906." Measures 5 X 4 inches.

See Lot 2 for a biography of Robert Shlaer.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $800-1200

 


Lot 47: HUNTERS & RIFLES & DOGS & ANTLERS IN A MAKESHIFT STUDIO

Half plate Tintype. Repaired thermoplastic frame.

The hunters are seated on the earth with a crude tarpaulin backdrop, holding their rifles aloft. One of the hunting dogs is asleep and the other keeps his or her eye on us. There's an antler in the foreground. 

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $900-1500

 


Lot 48: TWO INDUSTRIOUS YOUNG MEN: UNIFORM & FEDORA

Sixth plate daguerreotypes. Full case. Half case.

One young man wears a pleated overshirt signifying a uniform of some sort. He tops it off with an oil skin cap and a bountiful tie with a cross affixed to it. His sleeves are rolled up. The other fellow wears a stylish fedora and a pretty shirt with a handkerchief in his pocket.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-700


Lot 49: 10 CHILDREN IN 5 DAGUERREOTYPES

1 quarter plate. 4 sixth plates. All in half cases. 

1) 2 boys; the older with his arm around his younger brother.

2) 3 children in triumvirate pose. (Quarter plate)

3) A girl with fringe.

4) 2 girls in matching dark dresses which blend into the background.

5) 2 boys side by side. They both look mischievous and neither looks particularly happy.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $350-600

 


Lot 50: THEATRE FEATURING ACTOR IN COMEDIC & MIXED GENDER ROLES

20 cabinet cards.

Most of this lot features one actor in a variety of roles. Many are hysterical. 15 of the roles are identified either by character or by production; in most cases both. This actor was in demand and traveled a lot. Nebraska (3), New York (4), California (2), Pennsylvania (4), Missouri (1), Wisconsin (5) and Tennessee (1) are all represented. A lot of comedic roles: a lot of fun.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $250-500

 


Lot 51: FRENCH PRIEST, STEREO SCULPTURE & GERMAN GLASS STEREOVIEW

The label on reverse of the quarter plate Priest daguerreotype says "Berubet, optician, Clermont-Ferrand." Gold gilding has been applied. In passe partout frame.

Also a stereo daguerreotype of a statue of a nude perched atop a lion, and a glass stereoview "On the Rhine" "By Ferrier."

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-800


Lot 52: AMBROTYPE QUARTET HORSE & BUGGY & SLED, ETC.

4 sixth plate ambrotypes. 2 split cases, 2 half cases.

Features an outdoor scene of a young man, horse and buggy. It's a closeup and in an unusual front on angle. Also featured is a boy wearing a winter hat and holding a sled. Then there's a girl standing next to a high chair holding a book. Finally a man with a long narrow tie.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $350-600


Lot 53: 20 CABINET CARDS (9 BY NADAR) PLUS G. W. WILSON ALBUM

Besides 9 actresses by the famous Nadar, Bogardus, Notman & Gutekunst are represented, as well as a Japanese maker. The Scottish photographer George Washington Wilson made the 48 views of the album, which depict England and Scotland. G.W. Wilson's work is in museums around the world.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $250-500


Lot 54: HALF PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE BY JOHNSON & FELLOWS, CLEVELAND

Half plate daguerreotype. Split case. Bright projecting man with facial tint. Velvet pad reads "Johnson & Fellows Cleveland."

Johnson & Fellows opened their gallery in Cleveland in 1851... Most complete assortment of daguerreotype stock west of Buffalo… They were also agents for various daguerreotype periodicals. In 1852 advertisements claimed that Johnson had 12 years experience. Their firm also gave instruction on art. 'Mr. Johnson is universally acknowledged as one of the most eminent artists in the United States.' (Source: Ohio Photographers 1839-1900, by Diane VanSkiver Gagel)

This is a generous donation from David R. Phillips, facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered Mr. Phillips' collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

David R. Phillips (bio at Lot 1) donated the following lots: 1, 11, 18, 27, 28, 45, 54, 56, and 58.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-700


Lot 55: NIAGARA FALLS WHOLE PLATE AMBROTYPE: HORSES & BUGGY

Whole plate ambrotype (6 5/8 inches x 8½ inches). No housing. There's a lot of Niagara's mist in this ambrotype scene. There are 2 horses and a fancy buggy, a driver and a party of four. The riding crop is laying on the ground by the driver.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $800-1600

 


Lot 56: NIAGARA FALLS WHOLE PLATE AMBROTYPE: 2 MEN
Whole plate ambrotype (6½ x 8½ inches). With mat and preserver.

Two men take their visit to Niagara Falls very seriously. One is standing, holding his hat with one leg up on the wooden bench. The other man, in a dark suit, sits. We can see the burgeoning town beyond the falls.

This is a generous donation from David R. Phillips, facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered Mr. Phillips' collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

David R. Phillips (bio at Lot 1) donated the following lots: 1, 11, 18, 27, 28, 45, 54, 56, and 58.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $800-1600


Lot 57: OLDER MAN & HUGE WHITE DOG

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Half case missing a rail. This is as large a dog as we have seen in the daguerreotype format. The older man stares straight ahead while embracing his pup, seemingly unfazed by the weight of his friend. And wisely the photographer featured the dog front and center. 

RESERVE AUCTION 

ESTIMATE: $1600-2500

 

 


Lot 58: DAGS AND A BIT OF GENEALOGY

14 daguerreotypes. 13 sixth plates. 1 ninth plate. 6 full cases. 4 half cases. 3 uncased. The ninth plate has a half case. 3 male & female couples. 6 of women, 5 of men.

Features:

1) 1840s Woman identified as "Tryphena Reed Mead Wife of Zadok Mead". A quick internet search finds Tryphena was born in 1780 in Connecticut, and passed away in Chautauqua County, New York. Zadock was born in 1776 at the end of the Revolutionary War in Berkshire County, Ma.

2) Woman with extensive genealogy inside the case.

3) Man with penciled pair of initials inside case and "Reading, Pa."

4) The ninth plate has an ad for Tyler & Co., Cincinnati "Thirty operators employed in making 800 Portraits daily, by a new German process connected with machinery, and the tripple [sic] Camera, which takes three likenesses at one sitting. Superior Daguerreotypes for 35 cents and upwards."

This is a generous donation from David R. Phillips, facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered Mr. Phillips' collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

David R. Phillips (bio at Lot 1) donated the following lots: 1, 11, 18, 27, 28, 45, 54, 56, and 58.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $200-400


Lot 59: SILO BY CASEY WATERS

Half plate daguerreotype. Oversized brass mat. Uncased. Etched at bottom: 

"Captured in the Light." Signed in pencil on reverse "2/22/11" & "Casey Allen Waters."

Casey Allen Waters, born 1980, has collected antique daguerreotypes since he was seven years old. Casey first saw modern daguerreotypes being made by Robert Schlaer in the early 1990s and is now making his own plates after learning the process with instructions from Rob McElroy and suggestions from Mike Robinson. Casey processes his daguerreotypes using the original mercury method of the mid-19th century. He strives to find interesting images while working with the time constraints dictated by the chemical process. His first exhibition was hosted by Iocovozzi Fine Art in Savannah, Ga. in 2010. Subsequently his work has been shown in Ohio, Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York City. His plates are in many private collections as well as the Archive of Modern Conflict collection. Casey is the originator of a concept he calls "dagart" in which he utililizes discarded daguerreotypes with no monetary or aesthetic value, and etches and hand-colors them into new creations.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $500-900


Lot 60: WHOLE PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE IN OGEE FRAME

Whole plate daguerreotype. Housed in ogee frame. Paper mat.

This is on the wish list of many daguerreotype collectors: a bona fide whole plate (or full plate) daguerreotype (measuring 8½ x 6½ inches). Depicts an older couple. She has character in her face and a bonnet on her head. She is clenching something. He has an amused expression on his face and holds a cane. Framed handsomely.

Doug York has asked that The Daguerreian Society keep all money after $800.

All money past an $800 net for Mr. York is a generous donation. 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATES: $1000-2500


Lot 61: ALASKA MINING PHOTOGRAPHS BY BEVERLY DOBBS

4 photographs.

1) With a sluice coming toward us. 3 miners and 2 dogs. "Dobbs Photo" & "No. 5 Anvil" 9 5/8 x 7¾ inches.

2) 3 rows of sluices. 12 miners & 1 dog. Settlement beyond. Caption at bottom: "No. 1 Below Anvil. Pioneer Mining Co." 7 5/8 x 9½ inches (mount 9 7/8 x 11 5/8 inches).

3) Depicts 9 people seated around a dinner table. "SUNDAY VISITORS AT HOT AIR MINE" & "Dobbs." 7¾ x 9 5/8 inches.

4) Text lower margin: "-Dobbs Birds Eye View of Nome from Lane's Deric 1903." 7½ x 9½ inches.

The son of a farmer, Beverly Bennett Dobbs was born in 1868 near Marshall, Missouri. At age 8, he moved with his parents to Lincoln, Neb., where he learned photography. In 1888, Dobbs moved to Bellingham, Wash., and operated a photography studio for 12 years... then moved to Nome, Alaska, in search of gold in 1900. Dobbs continued to earn his living as a photographer... Dobbs photographed scenes in Nome and the Seward Peninsula and made portraits of Inuit people (Eskimos). He was awarded a gold medal at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World's Fair) in 1904 for his Eskimo photographs. By about 1909, Dobbs had started Dobbs Alaska Moving Picture Co., making him one of the first to use motion picture film north of the Arctic Circle. He made a name for himself as a filmmaker with Atop of the World in Motion (also called Top of the World in Motion), a collection of his motion picture travelogues detailing the Alaska gold rush. By 1911, it is probable that Dobbs was focusing only on his moving picture business; he no longer had his photography supply store, and had sold his photography negatives to the Lomen Brothers, who later issued some of his work under their name... (From the 'Archives West: Orbis Cascade Alliance' website.)

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $1500-3000


Lot 62: JOHN WHIPPLE FULL PAGE ADVERTISEMENT

Full page advertisement. Ads for 2 other businesses on reverse. Measures approximately 10½ x 7¾ inches.

John Whipple was a pioneer in astronomical photography, aerial photography, and known for his photographs of the moon. He was considered a premier daguerreotypist, on a par with Southworth & Hawes.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-800

 


Lot 63: 1840s POST MORTEM OF A CHILD

Sixth plate daguerreotype. Half case. Original seals & glass.

The baby is remembered lovingly, his or her head comfortably on the pillow. The folds in the bedding add textures, and the embroidery is a nice touch. 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $350-750

 


Lot 64: MUSICAL COUNTRY STRING BAND

Quarter plate tintype. Split case. Mat & preserver.

A man with a cello is front and center, flanked by a guitarist and 3 fiddlers, and a moving boy (perhaps inspired by the rhythms). All of these musicians exhibit great character, and one can sense the connection of being in a band. Set outside.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-800


Lot 65: NITRATE BATH MADE IN 1877

On the inside of the lid of this nitrate bath is carved "MADE 6 DEC., 1877." It is from 'The Little Studio' owned and operated by a Mr. Rice in Perry, New York.

Box measurements: 15 inches high X 12½ wide X 5½ deep. It can hold 2 glass inner baths, but it contains only one. That measures 13 inches high X 9½ wide X 1¼ and can hold an 8 X 10 inch plate.

Absentee bidders: because of the special care needed to pack the glass inner bath, the box lot packing fee will apply. See the shipping terms for details.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $600-1500

 



Lot 66: CRESCENDO: STEREO DAGUERREOTYPE HAND-COLORED STATUE OF DAGUERRE PLUS

Hand-colored stereo daguerreotype of a bust of Louis Daguerre and paintbrushes. PLUS a bound copy of Mike Robinson's dissertation "The Techniques and Material Aesthetics of the Daguerreotype." 

It has been a tradition for many years for this auction to end in a crescendo with an offering from Mike Robinson. He (along with Jeff Green) has been our most consistent and generous donor and has earned the honor, but his work also warrants it. 

Mike Robinson is the proprieter of the Century Darkroom, Toronto, and a modern master of the art of daguerreotype making. He completed his doctorate on the materiality of daguerreotypes in 2017. He has given demonstrations at the Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.), Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth, Texas), and the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey (Lacock, United Kingdom). His work can be found in the collections of the George Eastman House (Rochester, New York), the Portrait Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario), the Hallmark Photographic Collection (Kansas City, Missouri), and the Snite Museum of Art (University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana). He also exhibited at the Hotel Malestroit in Bry-sur-Marne, France, in an exhibit organized by le Musée Adrien Mentienne.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $1000-2000


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In order to place an absentee bid through LiveAuctioneers you must be approved to bid on line for the auction. You can submit an absentee bid through LiveAuctioneers even during the auction, up to 10 lots ahead of the item currently up for auction. Submitting an absentee bid does not require preregistration for the auction, but does require approval as a bidder before your bid will be accepted. Bids submitted too late for approval will not be accepted or placed -- you are strongly advised to register well ahead of the auction. You can retract an absentee bid submitted through LiveAuctioneers up to two hours before the auction begins. This video gives more details on how to place an absentee bid with LiveAuctioneers and its rules for absentee bidding.

PAYMENT: All items are to be paid for by cash, Visa, PayPal, wire transfer, cashier’s check, personal check with approved credit. The Daguerreian Society reserves the right to hold items paid for by personal check until the check has cleared the bank. Buyer agrees to pay The Daguerreian Society $50 for any returned check. Invoices are due upon receipt. Merchandise is shipped only after full payment has been received. An additional fee of 3% is charged if paying by credit card, and 4% if paying by PayPal.

Purchases that have gone unpaid twenty (10) business days after the sale are subject to any or all of the following: (a) late charge of five percent (5%) of the total purchase price per month; (b) cancellation of the sale; (c) rescindment of bidding privileges at future auctions; (d) Initiation of legal proceedings to collect the entire debt including original purchase price, late charges, and legal fees and costs to the fullest extent permitted by law; and (e) any other action or actions The Daguerreian Society Galleries finds necessary and appropriate.

COLLECTION: Purchases must be removed Saturday evening (the evening of the auction, 10/28/2016) after cleared payment, unless shipping instructions are received by The Daguerreian Society. If not removed, property will be held at the sole risk of the purchaser and no responsibility is assumed if such goods are lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed. The Daguerreian Society reserves the right to store unclaimed purchases at its discretion and assumes no liability for any damages incurred after the sale.

In order to prevent inaccuracy in delivery or inconvenience in the settlement of a purchase, no lot can be transferred. Each buyer must pay for the whole of his purchases before any lot can be removed.

SHIPPING is available for absentee and LiveAuctioneers buyers ONLY. Such buyers are responsible for charges to package, ship and insure their purchases. Insurance is mandatory for all shipments.

Shipping charges will be calculated as follows:

Small, singular items (e.g. one daguerreotype or book): $15 packing fee plus actual costs for shipping and insurance.

Box lots, large paper prints and albums: $30 packing fee plus actual costs for shipping and insurance.

Statues, library, and large or bulky items: $50 packing fee plus actual costs for shipping and insurance.

Lots subject to more than the minimum $15 packing fee will be indicated as such in their descriptions. If not so indicated for a lot, the minimum fee applies. In case of multiple purchases postage and insurance can be combined, but the per-lot packing fee still applies.

Please contact The Daguerreian Society before bidding if you have any questions regarding shipping charges.

The Daguerreian Society can arrange shipping and will ship property via USPS, UPS or FedEx. 

The Daguerreian Society assumes no liability for any damages incurred during shipping and will not be responsible for any loss of damage resulting from the shipping in excess of the amount of insurance. Property is shipped only after payment has cleared. 

 If purchased property cannot be delivered in the same condition as at the time of sale, due to fire, theft, loss or any other reason, The Daguerreian Society liability will be limited to the sum actually paid by the purchaser. In no event, will compensatory or other damages be included.

SPECIAL NOTE TO NON-US BUYERS: All customs declarations will reflect the full invoice value. Any resultant duties, tariffs and/or taxes are the sole responsibility of the buyer.

AUCTION COMMITTEE:

Diane Filippi
Michael Peterson
Greg French
Doug Scougale
Craig James
Dennis Williams