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2012 November 10 Western & California Art Signature Auction

by Heritage Auctions


490 lots with images

November 10, 2012

Heritage | Dallas Office

3500 Maple Avenue

Dallas, TX, 75219 USA

Phone: +1 800 872 6467

Fax: +1 214 409 1425

Email: Bid@HA.com

EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952) The Vanishi

Lot 76001: EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952) The Vanishi

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Description: EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952) The Vanishing Race, 1904 Orotone 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) Signed in the plate Edward Curtis Studio label verso PROVENANCE: Private collection, Austin, Texas. NOTE: This lot maintains the original Curtis frame.

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EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952) Signal Fire

Lot 76002: EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952) Signal Fire

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Description: EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952) Signal Fire to the Mountain Gods, 1912 Orotone 14 x 10-3/4 inches (35.6 x 27.3 cm) Signed in the plate Edward Curtis Studio label verso PROVENANCE: Private collection, Austin, Texas. NOTE: This lot maintains the original Curtis frame. {blockquote}Edward Curtis is best known for his extensive time documenting The North American Indian. Sometimes criticized for staging images, he strived to capture traditional practices and rituals of the American Indians rather than provide exact documentation of day to day routines. Heavily influenced by the Pictorialist movement, his prints are characteristically tonalist in style. Curtis amplified and mastered the image quality in his photogravures and orotones, going so far as to name the orotone process after himself, coining his prints 'Curt-Tones.' The four orotones offered here are still preserved in their original batwing frames. In The Old Well of Acoma, 1904, the gentle nature of the scene echoes images of his contemporaries in photography like many of the pieces published in Camera Works such as, Annie Brigman's, The Bubble, also showing a soft intimate scene of a woman gathering water. He was able to maintain these characteristics while still capturing some of the important historical aspects of the Acoma. The women gathering water highlights the once plentiful water supply at the Pueblo along with displaying the incredibly intricate geometric designs in the Acoma pottery sitting between them. Signal Fire to the Mountain Gods, from 1912, the same attention to tonality while representing the conceived relationship of the American Indian and their respect for the grandeur of the land. The Vanishing Race - Navaho, 1904, represents Curtis's sensitivity for composition, timing, and a romantically soft focus with warm tonal effect. The figures on horseback appear to drudgingly recede toward the horizon in single file, vanishing from the space of the photographic image just as their way of life was vanishing. {/blockquote}

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EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952) At the Old

Lot 76003: EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952) At the Old

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Description: EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952) At the Old Well of Acoma, 1904 Orotone 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm) Signed in the plate PROVENANCE: Private collection, Austin, Texas. NOTE: This lot maintains the original Curtis frame.

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EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952) By the Arro

Lot 76004: EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952) By the Arro

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Description: EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952) By the Arrow I Have Said It, 1909 Photogravure on tissue 7-1/4 x 5 inches (18.4 x 12.7 cm) Tissue is enclosed in envelope signed in ink by Curtis

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ALVIN LANGDON COBURN (British, 1882-1966) Long Beach, O

Lot 76005: ALVIN LANGDON COBURN (British, 1882-1966) Long Beach, O

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Description: ALVIN LANGDON COBURN (British, 1882-1966) Long Beach, Ocean Park, circa 1911 Gum platinum print 12-1/2 x 16 inches (31.8 x 40.6 cm) PROVENANCE: Daguerreian Era Gallery, Pawlet, Vermont, 1974.

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