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 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 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: $250-400


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 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: $100-250


Lot 29: SEA SHELL 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 deisgned 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 INSIDE 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 INCLUDES 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

ESTIMATES: $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 WITH 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

ESTIMATES: $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 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.

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: ACTORS & ACTRESSES IN ECCENTRIC ROLES

20 cabinet cards.

Nebraska (3), New York (4), California (2), Pennsylvania (4), Missouri(1), Wisconsin (5) and Tennessee (1) are all represented. Many identified. Additionally, most list the productions they're from. 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

 


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