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.

Absentee and on-line bidders can also bid on our auction on LiveAuctioneers.com.

Full auction terms may be found here.


This year's Benefit Auction will include approximately 60 lots. We will post these (and photos for lots currently without them) as they become available. Keep checking back for new material! (Most recent update: 9/17.)

Our LiveAuctioneers.com auction is not yet live, but will be posted and linked to from this page well before the auction date.


LIVE AUCTION LOTS

[Lots 1-25]  [Lots 26-50]  [Lots 51-60]  

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 donation from an anonymous midwest U.S. collector facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered this collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

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 donation from an anonymous midwest U.S. collector facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered this collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

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 donation from an anonymous midwest U.S. collector facilitated by Neil MacDonald of Rare Photo Gallery. Mr. MacDonald generously steered this collection to The Daguerreian Society rather than handle it himself. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

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, and 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