Lots 51-74

The Daguerreian Society 2018 Symposium Benefit Auction

The auction was held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

Results for sold lots are provided below.

Full auction terms may be found here.

The Daguerreian Society was honored to offer THE CIVIL WAR GENERALS CARTE DE VISITE COLLECTION OF ROSECRANS BALDWIN in its entirety. This collection represents 165 Generals from the Union and Confederate sides plus a few notables like William Quantrill and John Wilkes Booth. Rosecrans (aka Crans) is a direct descendant of General Winfield Scott Hancock, and a more distant descendant of General William S. Rosecrans, both well-known Union Generals in the Civil War. For the fascinating story of how Crans became a collectorclick here.


LIVE AUCTION LOTS

[Lots 1-25]  [Lots 26-50]  [Lots 51-74]


Lot 51: 15 DAGUERREOTYPES: BOWERY, BROOCH, EMBRACING

15 daguerreotypes.

QUARTER PLATE:

1) 1840s couple. Split full case.

2) Bare plate with faint image.

SIXTH PLATES:

3) Boy by KNAPP ARTIST 103 BOWERY NEW YORK. Tinted table cloth. Split full case.

4) Boy with stylish vest, arm upon table. Split full case.

5) White haired man identified as Samuel Barnett. Split full case.

6) 1840s of a Man (looks earlier than the case). Split full case.

7) 2 women in fashionable dresses, embracing.

8) Mother & child, child wears polka dot skirt. In rare & unusual split full case.

9) Lady in black possibly mourning wearing a photographic brooch. Full push button case.

10) 1840s Lady with a smirk and fingerless gloves (mitts). Half case.

11) Lady slightly turned, facing us. Half case.

12) Three horizontal girls. Split full case missing a rail.

13) Small boy in embroidered tunic. Half case.

NINTH PLATES:

14) Girl with tinted tablecloth. Full thermoplastic case.

15) Young lady, tinted cheeks and lips. Split full case.

Steve Kasher has generously donated 50% of the hammer price to The Daguerreian Society. The Daguerreian Society will also receive the 15% buyer's premium.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE $750-1100

Sold for $300 plus premium

  


Lot 52: COMPLETE CDV ALBUM EUROPEAN VICTORIAN ERA FASHION

It's not often that one has a chance to buy a complete original vintage album with all the slots filled. There are 25 pages which account for 50 CDVs (Cartes de Visite). There is a healthy mix of men, women, and children. There are 31 full standing, so lots of dresses and mens' attire. There is a man in ethnic clothing (who we assume to be someone significant), a child with a taxidermied deer, and a child with a wooden animal. We pulled a few photos out and these were the makers:

Franco-Hispano-Americano

Emilio Morero

Ant F Di Napoleon

Darde Fotografo (3)

Rostenc Fotografo

Mattorrodona, Fernando 34 Pral, Barcelona

Franck Y Wiole (2)

Moline Y Albareda

This is a generous donation from Larry Jones. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

Absentee bidders: this is an album, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $200-400

Sold for $175 plus premium

                


Lot 55: 32 TINTYPES OF STEREOVIEWS HELD PHOTOS & PHOTO ALBUMS

Features one large tintype of a woman holding a stereoviewer and stereocards. All other tintypes are "CDV sized," the average being approximately 3½ x 2 3/8 inches.

10 TINTYPES DEPICT PHOTOGRAPHS that are central to the composition and deliberately included.

10 TINTYPES DEPICT STEREOVIEWERS (including the large one). 8 from this group also include stereoviews or photographs.

12 TINTYPES DEPICT PEOPLE WITH PHOTO ALBUMS, such as CDV (Carte de Visite) or Cabinet Card albums.

This collection is also a study in material culture, painted backdrops, and contextual settings.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $250-450

Sold for $175 plus premium

     


Lot 56: CONFEDERATE GENERALS PATTERSON, HILL & BEAUREGARD

3 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

Features Francis E. Patterson, Ambrose Powell Hill, Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard (federal uniform).Backmark on Patterson: "F. GUTEKUNST, 704 & 706 Arch St. PHILADELPHIA." Backmark on Beauregard: "E. & H.T. ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, New York."

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $400-600

Sold for $475 plus premium


Lot 57: GENERAL WALLACE, BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST

Carte de Visite (CDV).

Tax Stamp Affixed. Backmark: "Published by E. & H.T. ANTHONY 501 Broadway, New York. FROM PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVE in BRADY'S National Portrait Gallery."

General Lew Wallace wrote Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880), an bestselling historical adventure story called "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century."

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-500

Sold for $250 plus premium


Lot 58: NEW YORK BACKMARKS: TYLER, SHERIDAN, GRANT, MORE

6 cartes de visite (CDVs).

Features Daniel Tyler, Philip Sheridan, Ulysses S. Grant, David Hunter, Henry Wager Halleck, George McClellan & Wife.

Backmark on Tyler: "J. GURNEY & SON 707 BROADWAY, N.Y." Backmark on Sheridan: "F.P. WHITING 87 FULTON ST. NEW YORK." Backmark on Grant: "EXCELSIOR PHOTOGRAPH ESTABLISHMENT F.P. WHITING 87 FULTON ST. NEW YORK." Backmarks on Hunter and Halleck: "D. APPLETON & CO. 443 & 445 Broadway N.Y. A.A. TURNER, PHOTOGRAPHER." Backmark on McClellan & Wife is by E & H.T. Anthony, but it is covered by a sticker: "SOLD BY HEDGES & HEERMANS, Dealers in Pictures and Picture Frames… HUDSON, N.Y."

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $550-850

Sold for $300 plus premium

  


Lot 59: GENERALS: SHERMAN, HARTSUFF, SHERIDAN, GEARY, ETC.

10 photo cartes de visite (CDVs) 1 lithograph CDV and 1 picture card.

Features William Tecumseh Sherman, George Hartsuff, Philip Sheridan, John Geary, Francis Herron, David Hunter, Benjamin Butler, John Finley Rathbone, William Rosecrans (lithograph), William Rosecrans (picture card), Winfield Hancock (later), Ulysses S. Grant & Family.

Only Sheridan has a backmark: "Published by E. & H.T ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, New York. FROM PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVE in BRADY'S National Portrait Gallery."

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $800-1100

Sold for $475 plus premium

      


Lot 60: GENERALS: GRANT, KEARNY (KIA), SHERIDAN, OTHERS

7 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

All have Anthony backmarks. Features Ulysses S. Grant, Philip Kearny (Killed in action), Philip Henry Sheridan, Irvin McDowell, John Ellis Wool, John Pope, Winfield Scott.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $650-950

Sold for $350 plus premium

  


Lot 61: CONFEDERATE GENERAL NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST

Carte de Visite (CDV).

Backmark: "Published by E. & H.T. ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, New York."

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-500

Sold for $325 plus premium


Lot 62: GENERALS: MORGAN, MARTINDALE, McDOWALL, MORE

  

7 Cartes de Visite (CDVs).

All have Anthony backmarks. 5 refer to Brady negatives. Features John Hunt Morgan, John H. Martindale, Irvin McDowell, George Archibald McCall, Alfred Pleasanton, John Adams Dix, Winfield Scott.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $650-950

Sold for $350 plus premium

  


Lot 63: GENERAL JOHN FULTON REYNOLDS KIA GETTYSBURG

Carte de Visite (CDV).

Backmark: "J.E. McCLEES, ARTIST, 910 Chestnut Street, PHILADELPHIA."

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-500

Sold for $225 plus premium


Lot 64: GENERAL ABNER DOUBLEDAY, FORT SUMTER, GETTYSBURG

Carte de Visite (CDV).

Backmark: "PUBLISHED BY E. ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, NEW YORK, FROM PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVE, FROM BRADY'S NATIONAL Portrait Gallery."

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-500

Sold for $300 plus premium


Lot 65: CONFEDERATE GENERAL J.E.B. STUART, KIA

Carte de Visite (CDV).

(James Ewall Brown 'Jeb' Stuart)

Backmark: "Published by E. & H.T. ANTHONY, 501 Broadway, New York."

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-500

Sold for $250 plus premium


Lot 66: A TRIO OF POSTMORTEMS

3 sixth plate daguerreotypes.

1) Woman wearing a bonnet, with her hands on her torso, waist up. She wears a dark band on her upper sleeve. Full case.

2) Young girl, eyes closed in a floral tunic. Her arms are crossed. Split full case.

3) Older woman with a bonnet, looking thin and frail. Half case.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $300-500

Sold for $325 plus premium

  


Lot 67: SAME WOMAN TWICE, BY BROADBENT & ANOTHER

Two sixth plate daguerreotypes.

First we see the woman with the painted backdrop associated with Samuel Broadbent. It is confirmed in the lower left corner of the mat: "BROADBENT." The expertise of the daguerreotypist is noted as if Broadbent anticipated the oval mat in place. The velvet pad of the second daguerreotype reads "PURNELL 159 CHESTNUT ST. PHILAD." This would be Lemuel H. Purnell, who was at 159 Chestnut St. (with no other loccation listed) in 1853 (source: Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900, by Linda A. Reis and Jay W. Ruby). Split full cases on each.

This lot is a generous donation from Ken Nelson and Meg Kaufman. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $250-450

Sold for $250 plus premium


Lot 68: MINIATURE REPLICA OF DAGUERRE'S CAMERA by JERRY SMITH

Jerry Smith was a camera collector (specializing in early Kodaks) and active for years in the Midwest Camera Historic Society of St. Louis. Jerry had attended the University of Missouri, and was editor of the campus humor magazine Showme a couple years after Mort Walker, creator of Beatle Bailey, was editor. While working in ad agencies in St. Louis, Jerry became interested in photography, cameras and collecting. A skilled ship model maker, Jerry also worked on restoring wood cameras. He did a number of jobs for the esteemed collector, Jack Naylor. Jerry made this scale model of Daguerre's camera in the 1970s.

Dimensions are 7 x 5 inches base and 4¼ inches high. The box itself is 4 x 5 x 4¼ inches.

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $250-500

Sold for $275 plus premium

  


Lot 69: HALF PLATE OF ROBERT JAMES DILLON BY JEREMIAH GURNEY

Half plate daguerreotype. Split full case.

Of Robert James Dillon. Purchased in Savannah in 2012 with a modern note (not included) indicating Dillon. The consignor has included a modern reproduction of a CDV (Carte de Visite) of Dillon by Mathew Brady. We are not showing that in this catalog to minimize confusion, so please research before you bid.

"Robert James Dillon, a member of the original Central Park Commission... When the subject of establishing a grand park within the limits of this City was first introduced, he became one of the most earnest supporters of the project, and during the session of the Legislature of 1856, he labored earnestly for the passage of the bill creating the Central Park Commission. He was a man of very refined taste, and a great lover of landscape scenes, and to his suggestion is due the construction of many of the most delightful parts of the Park.

Mr. Dillon, at one time was a very active Democratic politician, and filled the office of Corporation Counsel for two terms-from 1852-1856... He devoted many years to the object of founding the Irish Emigration Society, and was counsel and Vice-President of the Emigration Savings Institution…" (From his obituary, courtesy of the New York Historical Society.)

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $600-900

Sold for $600 plus premium


Lot 70: NUDE, OJO DE LA VACA, 2004 BY ROBERT SHLAER

Daguerreotype.

Inscribed on reverse: "Nude, Ojo de la Vaca, NM May 25, 2004 © R. Shlaer, 909"

Plate measures 4 x 5 inches.

The artist sent us the following note: "These are the last daguerreotypes I will ever offer for sale. My entire archive is going to the Beinecke Library at Yale in a couple of months."

In March of 1973 Robert Shlaer made his first daguerreotype with lighting provided by a fluorescent desk lamp. In 1987 he transformed his garage into a workshop, studio and darkroom. Later that year he advertised himself as the "World's only full-time, professional daguerreotypist."

Among his accomplishments are daguerreotypes: of the Old Court house in St. Louis (after Thomas Easterly), of the moon, inside Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, of solar eclipses in 1991 and 1994, a portrait of Graham Nash, of President Clinton's visit to Los Alamos in 1993, and the interior of the Boston Athenaeum (tribute to Southworth & Hawes). Shlaer re-created Simon Nunes Carvalho's lost daguerreotypes from explorer John Fremont's fifth expedition resulting in the book and exhibition Sights Once Seen. That project won the Twitchell Award for Significant Contribution to the Field of History. Although landscapes are his favorite subject, Robert asserts that nudes are the most difficult of all.

RESERVE AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $1000-1500

Sold for $800 plus premium


Lot 71: THE COLLECTION OF PAT L. NICKOLS, QUILT HISTORIAN

REAL PHOTO POSTCARD of women quilting in New Hampshire church.

AMBROTYPES

Relievo sixth plate of a couple. Sixth plate couple with child, possibly post mortem. Half case. Sixth plate woman in vibrant dress. Half case. Plus 2 sixth plates half case, sixth plate in mat & preserver, ninth plate split case.2 bare plates.

TINTYPES

Quarter plate of couple in split full 1840s case. Sixth plate of 2 men half case. Sixth plate child half case. Gemtype album. 44 gemtypes out of 48 slots. Mix of men, women & children. Sixth plate young man seated, young lady with vertical stripes standing. Ninth plate of girl in half case with hair behind. 26 CDV sized tintypes.

PAPER

26 CDVs (Cartes de visite) mostly women's fashion. 17 curved mount stereoviews, mostly children.Albumen of Jennie M. White Cabinet card 2 women. 4 lithograph stereoviews.

DAGUERREOTYPES

2 sixth plate daguerreotypes half cases (woman, 2 children) 1 ninth plate woman in floral dress, split case.

PARTS

Empty full case with preserver. 2 empty half cases mat & preserver (sixth & ninth).

Various mats & preservers, 10 items.

"These tintypes, ambrotypes and stereo cards were gathered to use in my study and lectures about antique quilts over the years. The many dated photos show the dress styles including the detail of the printed fabric useful for me in dating antique fabric.

I learned to quilt, not from family members as is the usual case, but in an Adult Education class in Columbia, MO in 1977. I loved all of the piecing and applique and especially the quilting. We moved to California in 1978, eager to share my quilting knowledge, a year later I was teaching classes. My classes filled and I out-grew the fabric shop, moved to one a little larger and finally moved to Tustin for larger class space.  We moved to Rancho Santa Fe eight years later and I stopped teaching to have time for lectures and my writing.  I have been published on various subjects, including Feed Sacks in Quilt-making, Mary A McElwain – Quilt Businesswoman and Charm Quilts in The American Quilt Study Group annual book, Uncoverings, as well as numerous Quilt magazines.  As a Fabric Designer from 1989 to 2011 I was with P & B Textiles in San Francisco and then RJR Fabrics in Torrence, CA."

Pat L. Nickols

Quilt Historian & Fabric Studies

Absentee bidders: this is a box lot, so special packing fees apply. See the shipping terms for details.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $200-350

Sold for $150 plus premium


Lot 72: EARLY 1840s DAGUERREOTYPE OF A HOUSE

Sixth plate daguerreotype.

Full leather case. Very rarely does one have the opportunity to acquire a daguerreotype of this vintage of a house. With its square cornered foil paper mat and the simplicity of the case, it's a sure bet that this is the early 1840s. The house obviously had some significance and we can view the shrouded architecture and draw conclusions from that. The greenery puts its own spin on this lovely image.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $1500-2000

Sold for $2750 plus premium


Lot 74: A CELEBRATION OF IRVING POBBARAVSKY & HIS WORK

The complete title is DAGUERREOTYPE OF GATHERING AT THE HOME OF IRVING POBBORAVSKY TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE AND LIFE'S WORK WITH THE DAGUERREOTYPE by MIKE ROBINSON.

This is the only daguerreotype of this gathering available to the public (and that includes the participants). According to the artist, it was "Taken July 29th, 2018- Irv's Birthday and World Contemporary Daguerreotype Day."

Contemporary Daguerreians in attendance:

Grant Romer

Tom Young

Ken Nelson

Jerry Spagnoli

Rob McElroy

Mike Robinson

Others in attendance:

Grant Romer's wife Ariadna

Fiona Christie (camera operator)

Mark Osterman

France Scully Osterman

Nick Graver

Patrick Ravines

Kayla Williams (Irv's daughter) and her fiancee Mark

Robert Brueller

Rob Pearson

Irv's second cousin Zachary

We regret that we don't have names for a few others.

Irving Pobboravsky was an early pioneer in the modern era of daguerreotypy. He was a mentor to many and by all accounts a gentle soul. He passed away in 2018.

In The Scenic Daguerreotype, (1995) John Wood describes Irving Pobboravsky as "the dean of modern daguerreotypists" in recognition both of his pioneering role and his exceptional talent in turning the abandoned daguerreian process into a medium for contemporary art (Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs). In 1971, Pobboravsky's Masters research thesis, "Study of Iodized Daguerreotype Plates," was published by RIT's Graphic Arts Research Center. In 1973 he made a daguerreotype of the Eastman House (now the George Eastman Museum) with the Giroux camera, which he donated to the Rochester Photographic Historical Society. The George Eastman Museum has since purchased several of his daguerreotypes. The Carnavalet Museum in Paris commissioned Irving Pobboravsky and Grant Romer to continue the daguerreotype documentation of Paris as part of their "Paris et daguerreotype" exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of the 1839 announcement of Daguerre's invention. After their six week stay, Pobboravsky & Romer were able to present about 20 daguerreotypes for the permanent collection. "Above all it is the potential beauty of the process that is both necessary and sufficient for me" (Luminous Lint website). It should also be noted that Irving Pobboravsky's work is in the collection of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Irving Pobboravsky passed away in 2018.

This is a generous donation from Mike Robinson. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THIS SALE WILL GO TO THE DAGUERREIAN SOCIETY.

NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE: $1200-1800<

Sold for $600 plus premium