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

The auction was held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at

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

Results for sold lots are provided below.

Full auction terms may be found here


LIVE AUCTION LOTS

[Lots 1-25]  [Lots 26-50]  [Lots 51-66]


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

Sold for $325 plus premium.


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

Sold for $250 plus premium.


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

Sold for $350 plus premium.


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

Sold for $225 plus premium.


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

Sold for $550 plus premium.


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

Sold for $900 plus premium.


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

Sold for $225 plus premium.


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

Sold for $1200 plus premium.


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

Sold for $400 plus premium.


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

Sold for $175 plus premium.


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

Sold for $550 plus premium.


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

Sold for $950 plus premium.