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Photography from the 19th - 21st Century

by Galerie Bassenge


425 lots with images

June 1, 2011

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

Confalonieri, Comte Federico: Physionotrace portraits of the Confalonieris

Lot 4001: Confalonieri, Comte Federico: Physionotrace portraits of the Confalonieris

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Description: Artist: Gilles-Louis Chrétien (1754 - 1811). Profile portraits of Comte Federico Confalonieri de Candia and Comtessa Teresa Confalonieri Casati (1787 - 1830). Circa 1806. 2 physionotrace engravings (diameter 8,5 cm). Each with engraved text around lower part of image: Dess. et. gr. p.Chrétien inv. du physionotrace rue St. honoré en face l'oratoire No. 125 à Paris, mounted to paper and annotated in ink with the sitters' names below the image on the mount. Born in Milan, the Italian revolutionist Federico Confalonieri came from a noble Lombard family. In 1806 he married Teresa Casati who is depicted in the second portrait offered in this lot. During the Napoleonic period Confalonieri was among the opponents of the French regime, and was regarded as one of the leaders of the Italian national party. After the fall of Napoleon he went to Paris with other Lombard delegates to plead his country's cause, advocating the formation of a separate Lombard state under an independent prince. Confalonieri went on to London, in the hope of winning the favor of the British government, but failed. He then joined the Freemasons and some of the various other secret societies in Europe. On returning to Milan, where he found the Austrians in power, he at first devoted himself to promoting the material progress of his country, but he was also continuously watching for an opportunity to liberate it.Confalinieri's wife died in 1830, and in 1836, after the death of the Emperor Francis II, he was pardoned and exiled to America. Broken in health and spirits, Confalinieri died on December 10, 1846, too soon to see the accomplishment of Italian freedom. - A few spots from glue in edges, otherwise attractive prints in very good condition.Lit.: H. Beraldi/R. Portalis. Les graveurs du dix-huitième siècle, Tome III. Paris 1882, pp. 364-65.Federico Confalonieri. Memorie e Lettre. Milan 1889.

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Abdullah Frères: Group portrait of the sultan's Libyan guards

Lot 4002: Abdullah Frères: Group portrait of the sultan's Libyan guards

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Description: Group portrait of the Sultan Abdülaziz's Libyan guards in traditonal dress. Circa 1863. Large-format albumen print. 28,7 x 24 cm. Mounted to thick card, annotated in French in ink below the image on the mount.Minimal fading in edges and traces of light surface abrasion, otherwise in very good condition and a very rare large-format print.Lit.: Bahattin Öztuncay. The Photographers of Constantinople. Pioneers, Studios and Artists from 19th Century Istanbul (vol. II). Istanbul 2006 (2nd edition), compare ill. plates 464 - 465 and 469.

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Abdullah Frères (attributed to): Tophane Palace; View of Dolmabahce Sarayi

Lot 4003: Abdullah Frères (attributed to): Tophane Palace; View of Dolmabahce Sarayi

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Description: (Attributed to). Tophane Palace and Kiliç Ali Pasha Mosque; View of Dolmabahçe Sarayi; Interior of Dolmabahçe Sarayi, Constantinople. 1860s. 3 large-format albumen prints. Each circa 24 x 30 cm. Each mounted to thick card (slightly time-stained in edges), annotated in French in ink below the image on the mount.The Tophane Palace gets its name from the Tophane (Turkish for cannon) neighborhood, where a cannon factory was. It is located next to the Nusretiye mosque and was one of the most important buildings on the Tophane Square during the Ottoman period. The kiosk was commissioned by Sultan Abdulmecid and built by the British architect William James Smith in 1852. It was especially used by the sultans visiting the weapon factories in the neighborhood and also to receive foreign guests coming to the port by the sea. - Minimal fading in edges and traces of light surface abrasion, a few light ink spots on one print, otherwise in very good condition and with strong tones.

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Abdullah Frères (attributed to): Interiors of Hagia Sophia, Constantinople

Lot 4004: Abdullah Frères (attributed to): Interiors of Hagia Sophia, Constantinople

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Description: (Attributed to). Interiors of the Hagia Sophia, Constantinople. 1860s. 4 large-format albumen prints. Each circa 30 x 24 cm and 24 x 30 cm. Each mounted to thick card (slightly time-stained in edges), annotated in French in ink below the image on the mount.Minimal fading in edges, otherwise in very good condition and with strong tones.Lit.: Ken Jacobson. Odalisques and Arabesques: Orientalist Photography 1839 - 1925. London 2007, ill. p. 159.

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Aboriginal Portraits: Studio portraits of Aboriginal people

Lot 4005: Aboriginal Portraits: Studio portraits of Aboriginal people

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Description: Photographer: E. P. Jones. Studio portraits of Aboriginal people. 1870s/80s. 4 albumen prints. Each mounted to orginal carte-de-visite board with photographer's logo and annotated in pencil on mount verso.Attractive group of studio portraits of indigenous Australians including an Aborigonal chief. - Two a bit faded, minimal surface rubbing, otherwise in good condition.

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