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96th Art & Photography Auction

by Galerie Bassenge


500 lots with images

December 1, 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

Ahrendts, Leopold: Burgstraße - Lange Brücke, Blick auf Mühlendamm

Lot 4001: Ahrendts, Leopold: Burgstraße - Lange Brücke, Blick auf Mühlendamm

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Description: "Burgstraße - Lange Brücke mit Blick auf den Mühlendamm, Berlin". Early 1850s. Lightly coated salt print with cut corners. 16 x 21,5 cm. Flush-mounted to board.Leopold Ahrendts worked first as a painter and lithographer in Dessau before moving to Berlin circa 1850, where he presented lithographs at the Academy of the Arts exhibition that same year. In 1856 he began working in the studio of the court photographer Philipp Graff. He exhibited his first photographs under the name of the Graff Studio and shortly thereafter he began signing his photos with his own name. He is undoubtedly one of the most important early German photographers who combined high technical standards with artful composition in his photographs. When comparing this image with the photograph by Ahrendts offered in Bassenge auction 93, lot 4120, which is taken from almost exactly the same vantage point, this image appears to have been taken quite a bit earlier: In this photo one of the houses on the left does not yet have the additional storey the image offered in our previous auction showed. - A few small retouched spots in lower area, traces of previous mounting on the verso, otherwise a rich, dark print in excellent condition with a strong reddish-brown tone.Lit.: Bodo von Dewitz/ Wolfgang Horbert (eds.). Schatzhäuser der Photographie. Die Sammlung des Fürsten zu Wied. Göttingen 1998, ill. p. 85.Lothar de Maizière/Antonius Jammers (eds.). Bevor Berlin zur Weltstadt wurde - die Residenz in Fotografien von Leopold Ahrendts. Berlin 2001, ill. p. 77 (variant).

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Ahrendts, Leopold:

Lot 4002: Ahrendts, Leopold: "Wusterhauser Bär" am Grünen Graben

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Description: "Wusterhauser Bär" am Grünen Graben (Alter Festungsgraben), Berlin. Late 1850s. Salt print. 10,5 x 18 cm. Flush-mounted to card.The so-called "Wusterhauser Bär" is the last remaining structure of the Berlin city wall from the 18th century. This early photo from the mid-19th century shows the structure at its original location, am Grünen Graben. - Slightly cropped in upper edge, a few light foxing spots in sky area, otherwise a dark print in excellent condition with a strong reddish-brown tone. - With: Paul W. John. View of ivy-covered Wusterhauser Bär, moved 1893 to the Köllnische Park. 1930s. Vintage gelatin silver print. 15,5 x 11,5 cm. Photographer's stamp and annotated by the photographer in pencil on the verso.Lit.: Bodo von Dewitz/ Wolfgang Horbert (eds.). Schatzhäuser der Photographie. Die Sammlung des Fürsten zu Wied. Göttingen 1998, ill. p. 84. Jost Hansen/Horst Mauter (eds.). Berlin am Wasser. Fotografien 1857 - 1934. Berlin 1993, ill. p. 72 (incorrectly attributed to F.A. Schwartz).

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Ahrendts, Leopold: Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

Lot 4003: Ahrendts, Leopold: Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

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Description: Schauspielhaus Berlin am Gendarmenmarkt. 1850s. Gold-toned albumen print with rounded corners. 19,5 x 21,8 cm. Mounted to original board (some foxing).A few light surface abrasions, small tear in upper right edge, a few small retouched spots, a few foxing spots in upper right edge, otherwise in very good condition with a strong violet-brown tone.

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Alinari, Leopoldo: The Apolino statue

Lot 4004: Alinari, Leopoldo: The Apolino statue

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Description: The Apolino statue, Florence. Circa 1854. Large-format lightly coated salt print. 33 x 25 cm. Number 25 in lower right corner in the negative, mounted to card (some foxing), photographer's blindstamp Fratelli Alinari, Fotografi Firenze, Presso Luigi Bardo below the image on the mount. This early Alinari photograph of the Apolino statue shows the statue without a fig leaf on its genitalia. Later photos by Giorgio Sommer, Giacomo Brogi and even Alinari show the statue with a fig leaf. For a fee the fig leaf could be removed and Leopoldo Alinari most certainly paid the museum to photograph the statue in its natural state. - A few light scuff marks, otherwise a rich dark print in very good condition.

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Alpine Landscapes (Frith's Series): Alpine Landscapes

Lot 4005: Alpine Landscapes (Frith's Series): Alpine Landscapes

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Description: Photographer: William England (2), Würthle & Spinnhirn (1) and unknown. Selected views of Alpine landscapes. 1865 - 1880s. 7 albumen prints. Each between circa 19,5 x 27 cm and 26,5 x 21 cm. Mounted to board (foxing, some with moisture stains), 4 with printed title below image on the mount.Some with slight fading, England prints with water stains in left edge of print and on mounts, otherwise in good conditon.

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