2018 Daguerreian Society Benefit Auction
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The Daguerreian Society 2018 Symposium Benefit Auction

The auction will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at

        Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
        811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street
        
New York, NY 10019

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 here

The Daguerreian Society is honored to offer THE CIVIL WAR GENERALS CARTE DE VISITE COLLECTION OF ROSECRANS BALDWIN in its entirety. This collection represents 165 Generals from the Union and Confederate sides plus a few notables like William Quantrill and John Wilkes Booth. Rosecrans (aka Crans) is a direct descendant of General Winfield Scott Hancock, and a more distant descendant of General William S. Rosecrans, both well-known Union Generals in the Civil War. For the fascinating story of how Crans became a collectorclick here.


LIVE AUCTION LOTS

[Lots 1-25]  [Lots 26-50]  [Lots 51-74]  


Lot 26: GENERALS DANIEL SICKLES & JAMES WADSWORTH

2 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Features Daniel Sickles, James Wadsworth.

Backmark on Sickles: "E. ANTHONY" and backmark on Wadsworth: "E. & H.T. ANTHONY." Both are "FROM PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVE in BRADY'S National Portrait Gallery." 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $350-550


Lot 27: BUST SHOTS BY ANTHONY: MEADE, BUFORD, DAVIS, ETC.

 

6 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

 

All have E. & H.T. Anthony backmarks. 4 refer to Brady negatives. Features George Meade, John Buford, Jefferson Columbus Davis, George Stoneman, Gouverneur K. Warren, David Dixon Porter.

 

NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $800-1200

 


Lot 28: NEW ENGLAND BACKMARKS: SHERMAN, STEVENSON, MORE

5 cartes de visite (CDVs).

Features William Tecumseh Sherman, Thomas Stevenson, John Ancrum Winslow. John Fremont, Nathaniel Banks.

 

Backmark on Sherman: "A.N. HARDY, Photographic Artist, Main Street, BUCKSPORT." Backmark on Stevenson: "J.W. BLACK. 173 WASHINGTON ST BOSTON." Backmark on Winslow: "J.W. BLACK 163 & 173 WASH. ST. BOSTON AND SO. TURO ST. OPP NAVAL ACADEMY, NEWPORT, R.I." Backmark on Fremont: "ALLEN & HORTON PHOTOGRAPHERS 13 WINTER STREET BOSTON." Backmark on Banks: "CHARLES TABER & CO., MANUFACTURERS, New Bedford, Mass."

 

NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $500-750


Lot 29: CONFEDERATE GENERALS: STONEWALL JACKSON, A.P. HILL

2 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Features Stonewall Jackson and Ambrose Powell Hill. 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $250-450

 


Lot 30: GENERALS: FRANKLIN, KEARNY, MAGRUDER, MANY MORE

9 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

All have Anthony backmarks, 7 are from Mathew Brady negatives. Features William Buel Franklin, Philip Kearny, John Bankhead Magruder, Samuel Heintzelman, Frederick Lander, John Grey Foster, Quincy Adams Gillmore, Winfield Scott, William Rosecrans.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $700-1000


Lot 31: PLATINUM PRINT NUDE RECLINING, HERBERT ASCHERMAN, JR. 

Measures over 8½ x 10½ inches. Signed by the artist. 

On reverse: "Platinum The most beautiful of all photographs.

Patented in 1873 by the Englishman William Willis, Platinum printing was immediately embraced at the turn of the century by photographers of the Pictorialist and Photo-Secessionist movements. Prized by the masters, this entirely hand made process exceeds all others in its physical beauty and longevity... Because it is composed of pure metal, the Platinum process is one of the most stable and archival of any in photography. Unlike other processes where the image is printed on a surface applied to the paper, the Platinum image is literally embedded in the paper itself. It is often said that the Platinum image will outlast the paper upon which it is printed."

Herbert Ascherman, Jr. has generously donated 50% of the hammer price to The Daguerreian Society. The Daguerreian Society will also receive the 15% buyer's premium. 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $600-850


Lot 32: CAPTAIN LINNAEUS TRIPE: AMEERAPOORA, BURMA, SALT PRINT

"Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902) occupies a special place in the history of 19th-century photography for the outstanding body of work he produced in India and Burma (now the republic of Myanmar) between 1854 and 1860... With few models to follow, Tripe developed a professional practice under the auspices of the large bureaucracy of the British East India Company. Reflecting his military discipline as an officer in the British army, he achieved remarkably consistent results, despite the Indian heat and humidity, which posed constant challenges to photographic chemistry. In addition, Tripe's schooling as a surveyor, where the choice of viewpoint and careful attention to visual details were essential, gave his photographs their distinctive aesthetic rigor... Many of his pictures were the first photographs ever made of celebrated archaeological sites and monuments, ancient and contemporary religious and secular buildings — some now destroyed — as well as geological formations and landscape vistas; thus they provided a new kind of visual information. Yet the dynamic vision Tripe brought to these large, technically complex photographs and the lavish attention he paid to their execution indicate that his aims were not merely documentary but artistic." (National Gallery of Art website)

SIZE: 10 X 13 3/8 inches 

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $3000-6000


Lot 33: MOTHER & DAUGHTER EACH WITH DOGS THAT LOOK ALIKE

Sixth plate daguereotype.

The mother wears a white lace collar with a stylish tie and her daughter has a pink-red bow and fingerless gloves (mitts). But the main attraction are the similar looking dogs perched on each of their laps. Are these dogs also mother and child? Or simply siblilngs? Split full case. 

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $750-1000


Lot 34: SAMUEL WARNER LARKIN, CONGRESSMAN, BEAUTIFUL WIFE MARY

Includes: 

Half plate daguerreotype of Mary Esther Harris Warner (Samuel Warner Larkin's wife) by "Holmes 289 Broadway" (Silas Holmes, NYC), split full case missing a rail.

Sixth plate daguerreotype of Samuel Warner Larkin, full case.

Sixth plate late 1840s daguerreotype of Mary Esther Harris Warner, full case.

Half plate ambrotype of Samuel and Mary Larkin, full case.

2 duplicate profile CDVs (cartes de visite) of Samuel Warner Larkin, dating to 1865, by Mathew Brady.

1 CDV of Samuel Warner Larkin, facing forward, also by Mathew Brady.

"WARNER, Samuel Larkin, (1828-1893) (brother of Levi Warner), a Representative from Connecticut; born in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Conn., June 14, 1828; attended Wilbraham Academy, Wilbraham, Mass., and the law department of Yale College; was graduated from the law department of Harvard University in 1854; was admitted to the bar in Boston, Mass., in 1854; commenced the practice of law in Portland, Middlesex County, Conn., in 1855; member of the State house of representatives in 1858; moved to Middletown in 1860; mayor 1862-1866; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864, 1888, and 1892; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1867); was not a candidate for renomination; resumed the practice of law; died in Middletown, Conn., on February 6, 1893; interment in Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown, Connecticut." (Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774-Present.) 

Mary Esther Harris Warner (1828-1913) Interment Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown, Connecticut. 

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

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $1700-2200


Lot 35: LUMIERE & SES FILLES: LARGE AUTOCHROME OF A DOG

Large autochrome.

Stamp at lower right: "A. LUMIERE & SES FILLES – LYON, R. DECHAVANNES, PARIS Depose." Entire piece measures 11 x 8 5/8 inches, with an opening of 6½ x 4 3/8 inches.

Auguste and Louis Lumiere invented the Cinematographe Motion Picture Camera (hence the word 'cinema') and are considered pioneers in early film. They next turned their attention to the autochrome, considered the first practical color photography. It utilized dyed potato starch for its colors. They patented the process in 1904 in France, and in 1906 in the United States. It was first commercially available in 1907, and was the predominant form of color photography for a couple of decades. 

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $1600-2000


Lot 36: GENERALS: HOWARD, ANDERSON, SHERMAN, HALLECK, ...

 

7 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

 

All have Anthony backmarks, 5 are from Mathew Brady negatives. Features Oliver Otis Howard, Robert Anderson, William Tecumseh Sherman, Henry Halleck, William Rosecrans, Joseph Hooker, Winfield Scott.

 

NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $500-750

 

 

 

 


Lot 37: CONFEDERATE GENERALS: JUBAL EARLY, JOHN PEMBERTON

2 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Features Jubal Early and John C. Pemberton.

Backmark on both: "E. & H.T. ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, New York." 

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-600


Lot 38: GENERALS BY BRADY: HANCOCK (x2), KILPATRICK, MORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

 

All are by Mathew Brady. Features Winfield Scott Hancock, Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, Erasmus Keyes, Ulysses S. Grant, Henry Warner Slocum, Robert C. Schenck.

 

NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $900-1300

 


Lot 39: GENERALS WITH TAX STAMPS AFFIXED

 

 

6 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

 

Features James Martin, Simon Goodell Griffin, George Stoneman, Silas Casey, Ambrose Burnside, David Farragut.

 

Backmark on Martin: "WEDEROTH & TAYLOR 912 – 914 Chestnut Street Philadelphia." Backmark on Griffin: "THE ADDIS GALLERY, 308 PENNA. AVENUE, (Bet. 9th & 10thSts.) WASHINGTON D.C." Backmarks on Stoneman, Casey, and Burnside: "E. & H.T. ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, New York. FROM PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVE in BRADY'S National Portrait Gallery." Backmark on Admiral Farragut: "J. GURNEY & SON, 707 BROADWAY, N.Y."

 

NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $500-750

 


Lot 40: GENERAL GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER

 

Carte de Visite (CDV).

 

Backmark: "PHILADA PHOTOGRAPHIC CO. 730 CHESTNUT ST. PHILADELPHIA."

 

NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $600-900

 

 

 


Lot 41: TINTED CHILDREN WITH LARGE DOLL BY SUNLIT WINDOW

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

We presume the child at left is a boy, by the side hair part. His sister, in blue plaid, embraces him with one arm while holding a big blue doll in the other. Most of the plate is colored, but it's the yellow sunlight streaming through the window that captures our attention. Full leather case.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $800-1200


Lot 42: 26 IS THE FIX: GREAT LOT OF DAGS AMBROTYPES & EARLY PAPER LABEL

DAGUERREOTYPES

Quarter plates:

1) Of a girl seated. By McClees & Germon. Uncased. Mat, no preserver.
2) Of a man. Black label says "Kimball, Artist. Cin. O." Uncased. Mat & preserver.

Sixth plates:

3) Boy and Young lady. Split full case.
4) Bonneted young lady and child. Half case.
5) Lady fingerless gloves (mitts) blue tablecloth. Half case.

6) Lady tinted bows in hair. Tinted tablecloth. Gold earrings. Half case.
7) Lady with bottleneck curls and huge brooch. Full case.
8) Bearded Man. Full case.
9) Well-dressed young man. Octagonal daguerreotype & case.
10) Horizontal Couple. Half case.
11) Man gazing to our left. Full case.
12) Man sits lower than the lady (she may be on his lap). Split full case. 

13) Vignetted semi-profile of older lady. Split full case.
14) Man wearing top hat. Full case.
15) Man by. J. Stone, 34 Tre Row (Tremont Row, Boston).
16) Man with dark overcoat and wrinkles around his eyes. Half case.

Ninth plate:

17) Of a boy with A. Donegan's Daguerreotype Saloon on reverse. Craig's Daguerreian Registry, by John Craig, suggests that this is an itinerant daguerreotypist. Split full case. 

Sixteenth plate:

18) Young man with thin sideburns and a big bow tie.

AMBROTYPES

Sixth plates:

19) Ruby glass. 2 Children with tousled hair and painted backdrop. Half case.
20) Ruby glass. Child standing in chair. Half case.
21) Man holding daughter. Split full case. 

Ninth plates:

22) Of a girl with painted backdrop. Velvet pad reads "J. Waith Market St. Wilmington Del." Split full case.
23) Of a young father and daughter in thermoplastic case. 

CASED TINTYPE

Sixth plate:

24) Bearded man looking to our right. Split full case.

CASES

Sixth plates:

25) Rare E. Larwill case.
26) Halverson case. 

This is a generous donation from Ken Nelson and Meg Kaufman. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS OF THIS SALE 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: $1000-1500


Lot 43: FULL PLATE FRAMED TINTYPE OF CHILDREN WITH DOLL

Full plate tintype (approximately 8½ x 6½ inches).

A boy and a girl in matching outfits. We have examined this tintype without the glass (which is modern low-iron glass) and there are no bends. In an oversized gold frame (approximately 18¾ x 15¾ inches).

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-500

 


Lot 44: BURNED TREES, JEMEZ MOUNTAINS, BY ROBERT SHLAER

Daguerreotype.

Inscribed on plate on reverse "Burned Trees, Jemez Mountains, NM March 21, 2005 © R. Shlaer 933"

Plate measures 7 x 5 inches.

The artist sent us the following note: "These are the last daguerreotypes I will ever offer for sale. My entire archive is going to the Beinecke Library at Yale in a couple of months." 

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.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $700-1000


Lot 45: BUFFALO SOLDIER: AFRICAN-AMERICAN COLORED TROOPS 

Cased Tintype. Tintype fits into sixth plate parts. Full case with tape at spine.

Black soldier wears a kepi with crossed swords or rifles. He gazes right at us; the lighting on his face is superb. Full standing pose, holding a book upright.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $800-1200

 


Lot 46: GENERAL JOHN BUFORD, GETTYSBURG 

Carte de Visite (CDV).

Tax Stamp Affixed.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-500

 

 

 


Lot 47: CONFEDERATE GUERRILLA LEADER WILLIAM QUANTRILL

 

Carte de Visite (CDV).

 

Backmark: "Published by E. & H.T. ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, New York."

NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $300-500

 

 

 

 

 


 Lot 48: GENERALS: CLUSERET, HANCOCK, NEGLEY, MEIGS, ...

8 Cartes de Visite (CDVs) & a lithograph print.

Features Gustave Paul Culseret, Winfield S. Hancock, James Negley, Montgomery Meigs, Thomas Welsh, David Hunter, George McClellan, Winfield S. Hancock (later), George Henry Thomas (lithograph) .

Backmark on Culseret: "PHOTOGRAPHE ANCIEN ASSOCIE SUCCR DE CARJAT & CIE 56, Rue Laffitte PARIS." Backmark on Welsh is only partially visible: "… SELLECK."

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $700-1000

 


Lot 49: THREE QUARTER POSES: VIELE, McDOWELL, OTHERS

6 cartes de visite (CDVs).

 

All have Anthony backmarks and are from Mathew Brady negatives. Features Egbert Ludovicus Viele, Irvin McDowell, Quincy Adams Gillmore, John Gray Foster, John Dix, Nathaniel Banks.

 

NO RESERVE

 

ESTIMATE: $500-750


Lot 50: CONFEDERATE GENERALS: JOHNSTON & JACKSON

2 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Features Joseph Eggleston Johnston, Thomas Jonathan 'Stonewall' Jackson.

Both have E. & H.T. Anthony backmarks. Johnston is from a Mathew Brady negative.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-600


[Lots 1-25]  [Lots 26-50]  [Lots 51-74]