Lot 598: Napoleon Sarony. He was the undisputed master of cabinet cards with theatrical subjects.
October 29, 2016
Yonkers, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Napoleon Sarony. He was the undisputed master of cabinet cards with theatrical subjects. Examples of his work have been presented in earlier lots [See the Index on the Be-hold website.]This lot contains 169 cabinet cards, all in mint condition . They show portraits of performers, mostly in costume and some in scenes from their roles. It is sometimes unclear whether they are posed in the studio, or on the stage. Csbinet card backdrops were often modeled on stage scenery. Some of the portraits are close portraits of faces, and illustrate Sarony’s mastery of lighting and posing. As I have tried to illustrate with other examples, cabinet cards are poised between the daguerreian era and the modern era, and this group as well as other theatrical groups and the cabinet cards in general offer fascinating comparisons looking backwards as well as forward. I think they offer a lot aside from the interests of specialized collectors of particular subjects.
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