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Daguerreotypes, photos 1850-2000, and prints

by Be-Hold


178 lots with images

November 25, 2013

Live Auction

78 Rockland Avenue

Yonkers, NY, 10705 USA

Phone: +1 914 423 5806

Fax: +1 914 423 5802

Email: behold@be-hold.com

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CHON-MAN-I-CASE-OTTO, hand-colored folio lithograph by Key and Biddle, from Vol. 1 of McKenney and Hall,

Lot 1: CHON-MAN-I-CASE-OTTO, hand-colored folio lithograph by Key and Biddle, from Vol. 1 of McKenney and Hall, "History of the Indian Tribes of North America," first edition.

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Description: CHON-MAN-I-CASE-OTTO, hand-colored folio lithograph by Key and Biddle, from Vol. 1 of McKenney and Hall, "History of the Indian Tribes of North America," first edition. Thomas McKenney, U.S. Superintendant of Indian Tribes, commissioned Charles Bird King to paint portraits of Indian delegates who came to Washington, 1821 - 37. He believed American Indians should be "looked upon as human beings, having bodies and souls like ours." He arranged to have lithographs made after these paintings, and he commissioned James Hall to painstakingly research biographies of the subjects. These individually hand-colored lithographs and the biographies were eventually published in 3 volumes, and went through several editions. 1836 - 44.The paintings themselves were stored at the Smithsonian, where a fire in 1865 destroyed almost all of the paintings. These lithographs are thus the only visual record of these important Indians before the era of photography.The value of the lithographs depends in part on when the lithographs were printed from the stones, and when they were published in one of the volumes. The most valuable are those made by E.C. Biddle for the first edition of Volume One in 1836. There were later editions of this volume, and of the later volumes that were published by Rice and Clark. These listings will include the relevant information about the publication.This print, as the others, is approximately 21 5/8 x 15 5/8 - inches, with letterpress title and copyright and printing information under the image. The name of the subject is followed by "Half Chief. Husband to Eagle of Delight." Some other information appears beneath the subject's arms and shoulders. This is published by Key and Biddle, and appeared in the first edition of Volume 1. Slight discoloration and wear at the edges, minor folds and one small chip. All this is very far from the image area.

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Lot 2: "SHINGABA W'OSSIN. Image Stone." Colored lithograph

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Description: "SHINGABA W'OSSIN. Image Stone." Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by Key and Biddle, from the first edition of McKenney and Hall, Volume One. [See Lot 1.] One line appears to have been rubbed out, under "Image Stone." Some wear, discoloration, and brief chips along extreme edge, as previous. Otherwise fine.

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M'INTOSH. A Creek Indian Chief. McKenney & Hall

Lot 3: M'INTOSH. A Creek Indian Chief. McKenney & Hall

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Description: M'INTOSH. A Creek Chief. Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by F. W. Greenough. Appeared in the 2nd Edition of Volume 1. A rich a beautiful print.

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CA-TA-HE-CAS-SA-BLACK HOOF, Principal Chief of the Shawanoes.

Lot 4: CA-TA-HE-CAS-SA-BLACK HOOF, Principal Chief of the Shawanoes.

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Description: CA-TA-HE-CAS-SA-BLACK HOOF, Principal Chief of the Shawanoes. Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by F. W. Greenough. Appeared in the 2nd Edition of Volume 1."

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KAI-POL-E-QUAH, White nosed fox Indian. McKenney & Hall

Lot 5: KAI-POL-E-QUAH, White nosed fox Indian. McKenney & Hall

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Description: KAI-POL-E-QUAH, White nosed fox. Hand colored folio lithograph, published by E. C. Biddle. This was printed by Biddle while he was making the prints for the first edition of Volume 1, but it was included in Volume 2 of McKenney and Hall. An important first state print. There is some information about the preparation of the stone printed under the subject's arms.

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TAH-COL-O-QUOIT. colored litho, McKenney & Hall

Lot 6: TAH-COL-O-QUOIT. colored litho, McKenney & Hall

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Description: TAH-COL-O-QUOIT. Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by Key and Biddle. There is some information about the preparation of the stone printed under the subject's arms. An important first state print made along with the prints included in the first edition of Volume 1, but included in Volume 2. Terrific coloring!

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J-AW-BEANCE Chippeway Indian Chief. Colored litho

Lot 7: J-AW-BEANCE Chippeway Indian Chief. Colored litho

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Description: J-AW-BEANCE, a Chippeway Chief. Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by Key & Biddle, Copyright 1836 by Biddle. Information printed under the arms credits the painting by C. B. King, and the stone by Lehman & Duval. An important first state print that for some reason was not included in any of the published volumes.

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STUM_MA_NU, Flat Head Indian Boy. McKenney and Hall

Lot 8: STUM_MA_NU, Flat Head Indian Boy. McKenney and Hall

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Description: STUM_MA_NU, a Flat Head Boy. Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by F. W. Greenough, C. 1838. Appeared in the first edition of Volume 2. [See Lot 1]

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A-CHIPPEWAY-WIDOW. Colored litho, McKenney & Hall

Lot 9: A-CHIPPEWAY-WIDOW. Colored litho, McKenney & Hall

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Description: A-CHIPPEWAY-WIDOW. Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by F. W. Greenough, C. 1838. Appeared in the first edition of Volume 2. [See Lot 1]

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TIMPOOCHEE BARNARD, Uchee Indian Warrior. Color litho

Lot 10: TIMPOOCHEE BARNARD, Uchee Indian Warrior. Color litho

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Description: "TIMPOOCHEE BARNARD, an Uchee Warrior." Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by F. W. Greenough, C. 1838. Appeared in the first edition of Volume 2.

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LE SOLDAT DU CHENE Osage Indian Chief. McKenney & Hall

Lot 11: LE SOLDAT DU CHENE Osage Indian Chief. McKenney & Hall

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Description: LE SOLDAT DU CHENE, An Osage Chief. Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by F. W. Greenough, C.1838. Appeared in the first edition of Volume 2. [See lot 1]

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SE_LO_TA Creek Indian Chief. Colored litho McKenney & Hall

Lot 12: SE_LO_TA Creek Indian Chief. Colored litho McKenney & Hall

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Description: SE_LO_TA, a Creek Chief. Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by F. W. Greenough, C. 1838. Appeared in the first edition of Volume 2. [See Lot 1] Some discoloration and minor chips in extreme edge, otherwise fine.

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JOHN RIDGE Cherokee Indian. McKenney & Hall color litho

Lot 13: JOHN RIDGE Cherokee Indian. McKenney & Hall color litho

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Description: JOHN RIDGE, a Cherokee. Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by F. W. Greenough, C. 1838. Appeared in the first edition of Volume 2. [See Lot 1]

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A_MIS_QUAM, Winnebago Indian. McKenney & Hall color litho

Lot 14: A_MIS_QUAM, Winnebago Indian. McKenney & Hall color litho

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Description: "A_MIS_QUAM, a Winnebago Brave." Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by F. W. Greenough. C. 1838. Appeared in the first edition of Volume 2. [See Lot 1]

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MICANOPY Seminole Indian Chief. McKenney & Hall color litho

Lot 15: MICANOPY Seminole Indian Chief. McKenney & Hall color litho

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Description: MICANOPY, a Seminole Chief. Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by F. W. Greenough. C. 1838. Appeared in the first edition of Volume 2. [See Lot 1] Slight wear to extreme edge, otherwise fine.

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POW-A-SHEEK Fox Indian Chief. McKenney & Hall color litho

Lot 16: POW-A-SHEEK Fox Indian Chief. McKenney & Hall color litho

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Description: POW-A-SHEEK, a Fox Chief. Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by F. W. Greenough. C. 1838. Appeared in the first edition of Volume 2. [See Lot 1]

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MAR-K-ME-TE Menomene Indian. McKenney & Hall color litho

Lot 17: MAR-K-ME-TE Menomene Indian. McKenney & Hall color litho

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Description: "MAR-K-ME-TE, a Menomene Brave." Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by F. W. Greenough. C. 1838. Appeared in the first edition of Volume 2. [See Lot 1]Light discoloration at right edge, small tear at left edge, all far from the image, which is fine.

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OCHIO-FINICO-CHARLES CORNELS. McKenney & Hall Indian

Lot 18: OCHIO-FINICO-CHARLES CORNELS. McKenney & Hall Indian

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Description: "OCHIO-FINICO-CHARLES CORNELS." Hand-colored folio lithograph, published by Key & Biddle, C. 1834. Printed credit of the original painting to C. B. King under left arm, and for making the lithographic stone to Childs & Lehman under right arm. This is an early print, in which there are no markings painted on the subject's face. But it didn't appear until Vol. 3. [See Lot 1] Some wear to edges and corners, brief tear at left edge, mild stain on upper left, otherwise fine.

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LAP-PA-WIN-SOE Delaware Indian Chief. McKenny & Hall litho

Lot 19: LAP-PA-WIN-SOE Delaware Indian Chief. McKenny & Hall litho

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Description: LAP-PA-WIN-SOE, a Delaware Chief. Hand-colored folio lithograph. No imprinted credit, as is sometimes the case with later editions. Probably from the 3d edition of Volume 1, published by Rice and Clark. [See Lot 1]

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TO-KA-CON Sioux Indian Chief. McKenney & Hall color litho

Lot 20: TO-KA-CON Sioux Indian Chief. McKenney & Hall color litho

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Description: TO-KA-CON, a Sioux Chief. Hand-colored folio lithograph. No imprinted credit, as is sometimes the case with later editions. Probably from the 3d edition of Volume 1, published by Rice and Clark. [See Lot 1]

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TISH-CO-HAN Delaware Indian Chief. McKenney & Hall litho

Lot 21: TISH-CO-HAN Delaware Indian Chief. McKenney & Hall litho

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Description: TISH-CO-HAN, a Delaware Chief. Hand-colored folio lithograph. No imprinted credit, as is sometimes the case with later editions. Probably from the 3d edition of Volume 1, published by Rice and Clark. [See Lot 1]

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PADDY CARR, Creek Indian Interpreter. McKenney & Hall litho

Lot 22: PADDY CARR, Creek Indian Interpreter. McKenney & Hall litho

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Description: "PADDY CARR, Creek Interpreter." Hand-colored folio lithograph. No imprinted credit, as is sometimes the case with later editions. Probably from the 2nd edition of Volume 2, published by Rice and Clark.

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HAS-TEEN-GAH-HY, Navajo, 1910 by E. A. Burbank.

Lot 23: HAS-TEEN-GAH-HY, Navajo, 1910 by E. A. Burbank.

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Description: HAS-TEEN-GAH-HY, Navajo, 1910 by E. A. Burbank. Conte crayon sketch by Elbridge Ayer Burbank, with hand-lettered title, date, and his Ganado Ariz signature. On 15 x 10 ½ - inch sheet, with "Neptune" embossed on the paper. Burbank, 1858 - 1949, did many paintings and drawings of Indians from many tribes. He is said to be the only artist to have sketched Geronimo from life.

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HAS-TEEN-GAH-HY, Navajo, 1910 by E. A. Burbank.

Lot 24: HAS-TEEN-GAH-HY, Navajo, 1910 by E. A. Burbank.

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Description: HAS-TEEN-GAH-HY, Navajo, 1910 by E. A. Burbank. Conte crayon sketch by E. A. Burbank, with hand-lettered title, date and his Ganado Ariz signature. A profile of the subject of the previous lot.

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CHIEF RED CLOUD, Sioux, 1897 by E. A. Burbank.

Lot 25: CHIEF RED CLOUD, Sioux, 1897 by E. A. Burbank.

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Description: CHIEF RED CLOUD, Sioux, 1897 by E. A. Burbank. Conte crayon sketch, a fine profile, on 15 x 10 ½ - inch paper with embossed "Neptune." "Copyright 1909" hand printed on bottom.

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WHAM-NE-TOE, San Dia Pueblo, 1909. Conte crayon Burbank

Lot 26: WHAM-NE-TOE, San Dia Pueblo, 1909. Conte crayon Burbank

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Description: WHAM-NE-TOE, San Dia Pueblo, 1909. Conte crayon sketch, a fine profile, on 15 x 10 ½ - inch paper. Hand printed title and "E. A. Burbank, San Dia, N. M. " Another nice profile.

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YAH-ME-YEH, Laguna, 1909. Conte crayon by E. A. Burbank

Lot 27: YAH-ME-YEH, Laguna, 1909. Conte crayon by E. A. Burbank

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Description: YAH-ME-YEH, Laguna, 1909. Conte crayon sketch, another fine profile of an Indian, on 15 x 10 ½- inch paper. Hand printed title and "E. A. Burbank, Laguna, N.M."

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ATZI-DEL-CA-BIKIS, Navajo Indian, 1907. by E. A. Burbank

Lot 28: ATZI-DEL-CA-BIKIS, Navajo Indian, 1907. by E. A. Burbank

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Description: ATZI-DEL-CA-BIKIS, Navajo, 1907. Conte crayon sketch, another fine profile, on 15 x 10 ½ - inch paper. Hand printed title and E. A. Burbank, Ganado, Ariz." Vintage pen notation on verso: "One of the very old uncivilized Mountain Navajo Indian."

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YA-OTZA-BEGAY, Navajo Indian, 1907. by E. A. Burbank

Lot 29: YA-OTZA-BEGAY, Navajo Indian, 1907. by E. A. Burbank

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Description: YA-OTZA-BEGAY, Navajo, 1907. Conte crayon sketch, another fine profile, on 15 x 10 ½ - inch paper. Hand printed title and "E. A. Burbank, Ganado, Ariz."

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SHU-PE-LAH, Moqui Indian 1908. Conte crayon by Burbank

Lot 30: SHU-PE-LAH, Moqui Indian 1908. Conte crayon by Burbank

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Description: SHU-PE-LAH, Moqui, 1908. Conte crayon sketch, another fine profile, on 15 x 10 ½ - inch paper. Hand printed title and "E. A. Burbank, Polacco, Ariz."

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WORKERS IN INDIA, ¼ plate daguerreotype.

Lot 30A: WORKERS IN INDIA, ¼ plate daguerreotype.

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Description: WORKERS IN INDIA, ¼ plate daguerreotype. A rare and extraordinary daguerreotype. The few daguerreotypes from India I have seen are portraits of upper class Indian and especially British figures, by English daguerreotypists who operated in India. his shows a group of lower class working people, with uniformed officers at the sides. There are at least two women in the group. It has been suggested that these might have been workers in the tea cultivation in Southern India. If you Google "Daguerreotypes India" you won't find anything remotely like this. As the daguerreotype was crudely sealed, I was able to open it to examine the plate, and that revealed that this was copied from an image in a wooden passepartout. This was probably a French whole plate daguerreotype. The daguerreotype itself seems to be a normal early plate from the daguerreian era. It is in a full American case with slightly weak spine. Provenance: James Julia auction, 1999.

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WOMAN AND CHILD, HAVANA. 3/4 PLATE by Beurling

Lot 31: WOMAN AND CHILD, HAVANA. 3/4 PLATE by Beurling

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Description: WOMAN AND CHILD, HAVANA. 3/4 plate daguerreotype by S.F. Beurling. Beurling was a Swede who operated in Havana for 5 years in the 1850's. He had previously been in New York, as an engineer and architect. He worked for a time with John Ericsson. There is no record of any photographic activity in NY. He went to Cuba as a railway engineer, and seems to have become a photographer there.Scratched on the right side of the plate is "S. F. Beurling/ Stockholm," and on the left side "Calle de O'Reillly No. 40" and "Habana 23 mayo 1855." A hand-written label, in French, pasted to the bottom of the cover glass, identifies the woman as Anonia [Antonia] Marquer and the girl as Antonita Basset y Marquer, born April 2 1851. It indicates the daguerreotype was "received" on July 7, 1855. There was a French author named Basset who worked in the Caribbean in this period. According to the ship's log (ancestry.com) the family sailed from Havana to New York on the Teutonia in May 1863. The girl, called "Camel" in the log, was 12 years old-the right age if she were 4 in 1855. The mother was 40 years old on the voyage, and since this subject looks much older than 31 in the daguerreotype, she is likely the grandmother.The jewelry is nicely gilded - rings, bracelet, necklaces with a cross. There are some fine scratches, and mat abrasions at upper left. The coloration, especially the solarization, for example of the fan, gives this rare daguerreotype an especially attractive character.

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GEORGIA GIRL by PRESTON M. CARY, SAVANNAH.

Lot 32: GEORGIA GIRL by PRESTON M. CARY, SAVANNAH.

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Description: GEORGIA GIRL by PRESTON M. CARY, SAVANNAH. ¼ plate daguerreotype in original seals, in brown pushbutton case, "Cary/ Corner of Bryan St. and Market Square, Savannah" embossed on the burgundy velvet pad.Craig's Daguerreian Registry has an extensive listing for Cary. While he had galleries in Hartford and New York, he was often in Savannah, as well as other Georgia locations. He was at the Bryan Street location in 1858. He was sometimes in partnership with Samuel Broadbent, and we can see the Broadbent style of backdrop in this plate. The young woman pictured has a low cut dress as can be sometimes seen in Southern portraits but never in daguerreotypes from New England or other Northern locations.

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CHILD BESIDE CHAIR, 1/6 plate daguerreotype by Whitney.

Lot 33: CHILD BESIDE CHAIR, 1/6 plate daguerreotype by Whitney.

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Description: CHILD BESIDE CHAIR, 1/6 plate daguerreotype by Whitney. Sealed to an oval mat stamped Whitney. There were two daguerreian masters with this name: Edward Tompkins Whitney, of Rochester NY, and Joel Emmons Whitney, of St. Paul, Minn. I think this stamped identification was associated with Joel Emmons, but I'm not certain. In any case this is a brilliantly rich and unusually posed portrait. The chair, wine-colored, is not a typical studio chair. In a half case.

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2 PORTRAITS OF GENTLEMEN, heads turned, daguerreotypes.

Lot 34: 2 PORTRAITS OF GENTLEMEN, heads turned, daguerreotypes.

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Description: 2 PORTRAITS OF GENTLEMEN, heads turned, daguerreotypes. ¼ plate of a gentleman with head slightly turned, in early octagonal mat, sealed. [4] ½ plate of a man with a more stern expression, almost profile. Loose seals. There is some haziness on the underside of the glass near the mat edge; the plate looks fine.

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GENTLEMAN IN A LIGHT-COLORED OVERCOAT

Lot 35: GENTLEMAN IN A LIGHT-COLORED OVERCOAT

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Description: GENTLEMAN IN A LIGHT-COLORED OVERCOAT. 1/6 plate daguerreotype in full case. The man has a cloth around his neck.. He seems neither an outdoorsman nor a typical businessman. His hair and beard are neatly groomed. His handsome face has light coloring. An excellent sharp portrait.

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3 PORTRAITS OF BUDDIES AND A YOUNG MAN,

Lot 36: 3 PORTRAITS OF BUDDIES AND A YOUNG MAN,

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Description: 3 PORTRAITS OF BUDDIES AND A YOUNG MAN, 1/6 plate daguerreotypes. a) Man seated calmly, hands crossed on his lap. His companion, with a gilded ring, is more animated, arm around the other. There's a small dot of something beside the ring on the hand at right. The plate is sealed, with fog under the glass. [3+] b) Another pair of buddies. Taller one at left has placed his hand on the other's shoulder. Faint wipes. [3-] c) Man with checked jacket and vest, scarf at his neck. Earnest expression. [3]. $400 (Est. $500 - $600)

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CROWDED FACES OF 5 GUYS, 1/9 plate daguerreotype.

Lot 37: CROWDED FACES OF 5 GUYS, 1/9 plate daguerreotype.

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Description: CROWDED FACES OF 5 GUYS, 1/9 plate daguerreotype. The faces are charmingly crowded into the small oval mat area; the foreground faces partly cover those of the two in back. The pad on the separated cover has the embossed stamp of Bartlett/ Daguerreotypist/ 258 ½ Washington St. Boston. This is Pliny Bartlett, according to Craig's Daguerreian Registry. Behind the plate is an interesting advertising card for Russell & Co., 257 Washington St. Boston. This may not be a mismatch between the plate and its case, because these two firms were next door to each other, and may have shared some business.The Russell card is curious. Is it referring to electroplating of the plates? Is this done instead of machine polishing, or is something else referred? There is a query about this in the current Daguerreian Society Quarterly. The present plate is not electroplated [i.e. it doesn't have additional silver applied, that would show on the back.] Very fine.

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POST-MORTEM, 1/6 plate daguerreotype.

Lot 38: POST-MORTEM, 1/6 plate daguerreotype.

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Description: POST-MORTEM, 1/6 plate daguerreotype. Looking down from the foot of the bed, the blankets make a striking composition. There are books beside his head, probably Bibles.

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BREAKFAST STILL LIFE. STEREO DAGUERRREOTYPE by Bernand

Lot 39: BREAKFAST STILL LIFE. STEREO DAGUERRREOTYPE by Bernand

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Description: BREAKFAST STILL LIFE. Stereoscopic daguerreotype from W. W. Burnand's Stereoscopic Series, as per a label on the verso. A table is set with a sumptuous breakfast, with a hard-boiled egg, loaf of bread, butter, various cups and dishes. I am not aware of other images from this series. The cover glass has been expertly replaced, as the original was cracked, leaving a light brown line in the right image.

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EROTIC ORIENTALIST GENRE SCENE.

Lot 40: EROTIC ORIENTALIST GENRE SCENE.

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Description: EROTIC ORIENTALIST GENRE SCENE. Stereoscopic daguerreotype by unknown maker. The bundled-up gentleman appears to have smoked his hookah to excess as he seems oblivious of the enticing slave girl who pours him more wine. The viewer however is well aware of her charms. Some hand coloring and gilding. Some loss of brilliance to the surface.

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NUDE BEFORE WILD BACKDROP. Stereoscopic daguerreotype

Lot 41: NUDE BEFORE WILD BACKDROP. Stereoscopic daguerreotype

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Description: NUDE BEFORE WILD BACKDROP. Stereoscopic daguerreotype. The model is not nude, but is lifting her skirt. The break in the sky above her head, the clouds and the craggy rocks and bush give this a mythological feeling. Illustrated in Serge Nazarieff, "The Stereoscopic Nude, " p. 27. French and German editions, 1985, 1987. This was the source of my previous identification of August Belloc as the maker, but this has now been questioned. A very faint brown line runs down the left image, not easily visible and not shown in the scan that is not manipulated.

Condition Report: [4-]

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VIEW OF TOULOUSE. Stereo Daguerreotype

Lot 42: VIEW OF TOULOUSE. Stereo Daguerreotype

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Description: VIEW OF TOULOUSE. Stereoscopic daguerreotype by unknown maker. There is a walled garden in the foreground. In the mid distance we see the Toulouse railroad station, as shown in the reversed enlargement in the 3d scan. [4-] $4500 (Est. $6000 - $10000)

Condition Report: [4-]

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STEREOSCOPIC TINTYPE, LADY, VIEWER, DOG UNDER TABLE.

Lot 42A: STEREOSCOPIC TINTYPE, LADY, VIEWER, DOG UNDER TABLE.

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Description: STEREOSCOPIC TINTYPE, LADY, VIEWER, DOG UNDER TABLE. A charming scene. True stereoscopic tintypes are the rarest of stereo formats. I had thought this was by E. A. Alden, because I had seen others by Alden in a similar format. The picture frames on the wall are clearly American, and likely New England. It may prove to be by Alden, but this is unconfirmed. The initials on the back seem to belong to an early collector, so I can't identify the maker. In any case this is by far the finest stereoscopic tintype I've encountered. This intimate scene is like other views that have a personal connection to the photographer, so I believe this is the photographer's wife. There is some hand coloring, even on the framed photographs on the wall. The images are rich and sharp.

Condition Report: [4]

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STEREOSCOPIC TINTYPE, a child on a staircase.

Lot 42B: STEREOSCOPIC TINTYPE, a child on a staircase.

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Description: STEREOSCOPIC TINTYPE, a portrait of a child on a staircase. This accompanied the stereoscopic tintype in the previous lot. I am supposing that this is also a family image, and this is photographers child. The photographer may not be E. A. Alden, as I had first thought. The stairs inside the house turn to the left as they rise. A rug comes down the steps, and the child leans on it. The composition is complex. The lighting is rather strong for an indoor scene (the example in the previous lot is only slightly less so.) This is another remarkable stereoscopic picture in this rare format.

Condition Report: [4]

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TERRIFIC AMBROTYPE PORTRAIT

Lot 43: TERRIFIC AMBROTYPE PORTRAIT

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Description: TERRIFIC AMBROTYPE PORTRAIT, ¼ plate in half case. Not only is the subject handsome, but the ambrotype itself is superb. This is a "relievo" ambrotype, in which the dark backing was originally carefully applied only behind the subject, leaving the background clear glass. This would allow any color placed behind the plate to show through as a colored background. At a later time the entire back was blackened; this let the delicately colored subject stand out against the dark background with almost 3-dimensional clarity. I have never seen a better ambrotype portrait.

Condition Report: [4]

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BANJO PLAYER, ambrotype

Lot 44: BANJO PLAYER, ambrotype

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Description: BANJO PLAYER, 1/6 plate ambrotype, case with repaired spine. The musician shows off his instrument. His ring is gilded.

Condition Report: [3+]

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NAKED BABE. tintype

Lot 45: NAKED BABE. tintype

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Description: NAKED BABE. Unusual subject for the period. 1/6 plate ambrotype in worn full case. The image layer is facing forward, and there are some flaking dots.

Condition Report: [D2]

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AT THE RACETRACK, 1/4 plate ambrotype

Lot 46: AT THE RACETRACK, 1/4 plate ambrotype

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Description: AT THE RACETRACK, ½ plate ambrotype in full case. This is a large racecourse, probably on the outskirts of a city. A building with a flag can be seen way in the back at left. The busy image mostly shows the crowd of spectators; many of them have come in their carriages and wagons. From this viewpoint the track itself is distant, so the activity there is only hinted at. A vertical pole in front of the camera divides the oval image. A rare subject.

Condition Report: [3+]

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CHINESE MAN AS MODERN ART, 1/4 plate tintype

Lot 47: CHINESE MAN AS MODERN ART, 1/4 plate tintype

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Description: CHINESE MAN AS MODERN ART, 1/4 plate tintype in half case. The subject is seated on a plain chair with his legs crossed, holding something. We can see enough of his features, hat and footwear to recognize him as Chinese. An attempt was made to apply some color or other substance to the surface, but this has spread a blurry swirling wash over the image. There is some thin gilding, with a thin gold edge on the outlines of the subject's coat. This seems to have been done in the period, rather than more recently. This wonderful "modern" effect was probably unintentional, and gives the picture an extra dimension of interest. How do give this a condition grade? Is it [1], the worst, or [4], the best? You decide.

Condition Report: [1]/[4]

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