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Fine Photography & Photo Books

by Galerie Bassenge


460 lots | 457 with images

June 9, 2010

Erdener Straße 5a

Berlin, 14193 Germany

Phone: +49 - (0)30 - 893 80 29 - 0

Fax: +49 - (0)30 - 891 80 25

Email: a.breitenbach@bassenge.com

Quenedey, Edme / Gilles-Louis Chretien: Physionotrace portraits

Lot 4001: Quenedey, Edme / Gilles-Louis Chretien: Physionotrace portraits

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Description: Quenedey, Edme / Gilles-Louis Chretien: Physionotrace portraits Edme Quenedey (1756 - 1830), Gilles-Louis Chrétien (1754 - 1811), Etienne Bouchardy pere. Profile portraits. 1809. 4 physionotrace engravings (6 cm diameter) on circa 10 x 10 cm paper (2 by Quenedey, 1 by Chrétien and 1 by Bouchardy). With engraved annotations below the images. Physionotrace portraits were made by first producing a silhouette portrait of the sitter. This portrait was then transferred in reduced form onto a copper plate by using a mechanical apparatus which was invented by Gilles-Louis Chrétien in 1786. Shortly after Chrétien had founded a very successful portrait studio in Paris together with Edme Quenedey in 1788 , the latter established his own portrait studio, which was also very successful. In Paris, at the height of "Daguerreotypomanie" in 1847, the most successful photographers produced up to three thousand portraits annually, while between 1786 - circa 1810 there were only two studios in Paris which produced a relatively small number of physionotrace engravings. Consequently very few of these intriguing portraits are preserved today. Because of their origin and the realism physionotrace portraits have, they can be seen as true photo-graphic objects and are therefore classified as a forerunner of photography. - Two with some foxing in margins, otherwise attractive prints in good condition.Lit.: H. Beraldi/R. Portalis. Les graveurs du dix-huitième siècle, Tome III. Paris 1882, pp. 364-65.Gisèle Freund. Photographie und Gesellschaft. Munich 1976, pp. 16-23.Beaumont Newhall. The History of Photography (fifth edition). Boston 1994, pp. 10-11.

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Africa: African witch doctor

Lot 4002: Africa: African witch doctor

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Description: Africa: African witch doctor Photographer unknown. African witch doctor. 1890s. Vintage collodion paper print. 20,3 x 14,2 cm. Mounted to board, annotated in ink in English below the image on the mount, two other smaller African landscape photos mounted to the verso.Some creases, otherwise in good condition.

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Africa: Zulu and Swahili people in traditional costume

Lot 4003: Africa: Zulu and Swahili people in traditional costume

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Description: Africa: Zulu and Swahili people in traditional costume Photographer unknown. Zulu and Swahili people in traditonal costume. Circa 1900. 3 vintage collodion paper prints. Each circa 19 x 14 cm. 1 print inscribed in the negative: Newly Married Couple J.E.M, each mounted to board (slightly soiled, some traces of use) and annotated in ink in German below the images on the mount.The titles (in German) are: "Newly Married Couple", "Swahili Girls from Zanzibar Island" and "Swahili Girl from Zanzibar". - Slight surface soiling/scratches, one slightly faded, otherwise in good condition.

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Africa: Zulu and Swahili women

Lot 4004: Africa: Zulu and Swahili women

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Description: Africa: Zulu and Swahili women Photographer unknown. Zulu and Swahili women in traditonal costume. Circa 1900. 3 vintage collodion paper prints. Each circa 19 x 14 cm and 14 x 19 cm. 1 print inscribed in the negative: Types of Zulu Girls J.E.M, each mounted to board (slightly soiled, some traces of use) and annotated in ink in German below the images on the mount.The titles (in German) are: "Daughter of a Zulu Chief", "Swahili Girls of Zanzibar" and "Kaffern (Zulu) Girls". - Slight surface soiling/scratches, one slightly faded, one with small tear in left edge, otherwise in good condition.

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East Africa : Views of Zanzibar and East African colonies

Lot 4005: East Africa : Views of Zanzibar and East African colonies

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Description: East Africa : Views of Zanzibar and East African colonies Photographer unknown. Views of Zanzibar and East African colonies. 1890s. 7 vintage collodion paper prints. 5 circa 20 x 27 cm and 2 circa 12 x 17 cm. 2 prints inscribed in the negative, each mounted to board (slightly soiled, some traces of use) and all but 2 annotated in ink in German below the images on the mount.One image shows Sayyid Hamad bin Thuwaini (1857 - 1896), the Sultan of Zanzibar (1893 - 1896) and his ministers with British military officers. The other titles (in German) are: "Merchants and officers in Zanzibar", "Arabian Fort in Bagamoyo", "Cisterns in Aden", "Sultan's Palaces in Zanzibar from the Sea", "SMS Condor photographed from the roof of the German consulate". The SMS Condor was in the harbor of Lourenço Marques for two months in 1896/97 after the German consul was attacked there. - Slight surface soiling/scratches, some slightly faded, otherwise in good condition.

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