Lot 28: (UNION CASES) Group of 38 beautifully-crafted American cases, including the rare whole-plate "The Landing of Columbus" and half-plate "
October 25, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Group of 38 beautifully-crafted American cases, including the rare whole-plate "The Landing of Columbus" and half-plate "The Washington Monument."
With many figural scenes and a customized wooden case with a "star" motif; sizes ranging from 3 7/8x2 1/2 to 7 1/8x9 inches (9.9x6.4 to 18.2x22.9 cm.). 1850s
The thermoplastic whole-plate case depicting "The Landing of Columbus" was after a painting by John Vanderlyn (Berg 1-1; Krainik 1). The highlight cases reproduced in Krainik's Union Cases: A Collector's Guide to the Art of America's First Plastics are Numbers 4, 10, 17, 18, and 44.
one whole-plate (lacks image);
10 half-plates (a daguerreotype of a group of women; a double ambrotype portrait of a couple; ambrotypes of an outdoor scene of a house, a young boy, a family, and a woman; and a tintype an older gentleman);
5 multiple-image cases (4 with ambrotypes);
4 quarter-plates (each lacks images);
13 sixth-plates (one with an ambrotype of a child);
4 ninth-plates (one with a daguerreotype portrait and a second with an ambrotype portrait);
and one wooden marquetry case with multiple ambrotype portraits.
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