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Anonymous - Mother with Two Children
Anonymous
Mother with Two Children
$650
Sale
$455
Anonymous - Young Woman Holding 1/2 Plate Mother-of-Pearl Case
Anonymous
Young Woman Holding 1/2 Plate Mother-of-Pearl Case
$450
Sale
$315
Jeremiah Gurney - Older Gentleman with Interesting Tie and Watch Chain
Jeremiah Gurney
Older Gentleman with Interesting Tie and Watch Chain
$750
Sale
$525
Anonymous (German) - German Family
Anonymous (German)
German Family
$600
Sale
$420
Anonymous - Baby in Solid Gold Locket
Anonymous
Baby in Solid Gold Locket
$450
Sale
$315
Anonymous - Group of Five Men
Anonymous
Group of Five Men
$400
Sale
$280
Anonymous - Family Portrait  (Four Children)
Anonymous
Family Portrait (Four Children)
$400
Sale
$280
Bailey - Portrait of a Family
Bailey
Portrait of a Family
$325
Sale
$228
Anonymous - Woman in Bonnet with Two Girls
Anonymous
Woman in Bonnet with Two Girls
$650
Sale
$455
Anonymous - Attractive French Woman with Brooch and Earrings
Anonymous
Attractive French Woman with Brooch and Earrings
$500
Sale
$350
Anonymous - Three Women
Anonymous
Three Women
$375
Sale
$263
Anonymous - Two Girls in Print Dresses
Anonymous
Two Girls in Print Dresses
$350
Sale
$245
By Alex Novak

This is a special selection of portrait daguerreotypes from slightly over $400 to a several hundred thousand dollars. All have a quality that sets them off from the average nice image. Whether it is the pose or light or overall strength of image, these are all winners.

Daguerreotypes were really the first form of photography. Their mirror surface and small size give them a gem-like quality that makes them so eminently collectible.

Almost from the very beginning the human form was incorporated into daguerreotypes--even as early as 1839.

By the summer of 1841 daguerreotypes could be taken in seconds instead of minutes. The business in portrait daguerreotypes was soon booming, partially making the statement that "from this moment on, painting is dead" at least partially true. The invention of the daguerreotype definitely cut dramatically into most portrait painters' business.

Soon the daguerreotype put some of these portrait artists back to work--hand coloring daguerreotypes! Flesh colors, a bit of gold for jewelry, tinting on dresses and table cloths and even very beautiful cloud covered backdrops were all created by these artists' hands, adding even more realism to the daguerreotype.

The group offered for sale here represents a fine selection of this daguerreian portrait art by some of the best artists of their day, including Southworth & Hawes, Robert Vance and Abraham Bogardus. But most are the work of those anonymous craftspeople who captured their subjects with humility and grace.

Silver Messenger: A Special Selection of Portrait Daguerreotypes
About This Exhibit
Image List

Exhibited and Sold By
Contemporary Works / Vintage Works, Ltd.

258 Inverness Circle
Chalfont, Pennsylvania   18914   USA

Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith

Email info@vintageworks.net

Phone +1-215-822-5662

Call for an Appointment

 

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