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Trutpert Schneider & Sons
Storage box for ten stereo daguerreotypes of palace interiors [Possibly Bavaria or Russia]
Daguerreotypes, stereo, storage
Fine Photographica, 29th April 2020, Lot: 104
A Unique Portfolio of hand tinted Stereo Daguerrotypes c.1860, 10 examples, some with engraved pinpoint lighting accents lending the interiors a special sense of depth and illumination, plate size, 88mm x 116mm, Mounted under a gilt brass mat, embossed blind stamp in the lower margin 'STEREOSCOP VON T. SCHNEIDER UND SOEHNE', the portfolio housed in contemporary maker's fitted wooden Daguerreotype box and stereo viewer, illustrating the majestic interiors of Bavarian and Russian Palaces.
88mm x 116mm
Trudpert Schneider was one of the great masters of the daguerreotype. He began his career as a local carpenter. Asked by a traveling daguerreotypist to replace a broken box camera, he became an assistant to the daguerreotypist and then went on to become a daguerreotypist in his own right and one of Germany's most important photographers. The photographic firm he founded continued under his sonís management until 1921. Schneider was an innate master of the stereo daguerreotype and the majority of his work was of outdoor stereo images, making these even more unusual, each image exhibits exceptional levels crisp detail and high technical understanding.
Trudpert Schneider (1804-1888) lived close to Freiburg Germany and was a renowned woodworker and cabinet maker. In 1847 an itinerant Daguerreotypist called Joseph Broglie arrived in Freiburg looking to replace plate holders that he had lost during his travels. Schneider fashioned a set to Broglieís exact specifications and as a way to say thankyou he made a Daguerreotype portrait of Schneiderís family. Schneider became completely captivated by the process and proceeded to assist Broglie for the following months learning the Daguerreotype process. When Broglie left, Schneider sketched dimensions of the camera, developing and fuming boxes and built his own kit.
Schneider began his Photographic career offering not only Daguerreotypes but also wooden boxes adorned with his Daguerreotypes. Schneider followed the model of the itinerant Daguerreotypist that Broglie had shown him and began to travel rather than setting up a studio.
Schneider and later his sons, Heinrich and Wilhelm travelled from one lucrative city location to another, only stopping in the country to photograph estates and castles, usually by invitation. In 1852 the Trudpert and Heinrich travelled through Switzerland and over the mountains to the region of Lombardy. It was here that they met Prince Karl Von Baden whose acquaintance would later assist them in their work in Russia. From 1856 Wilhelm was joined the business and in 1858 the Atelier T. Schneider and Sons was firmly established. In 1861 the brothers toured Austria, Berlin, Russia including St Petersburg, Moscow and Northern Prussia. By this stage they had become well known and were treated like visiting dignitaries everywhere they went and were allowed unparalleled access to palaces like the Hermitage and the Kremlin, not to mention Royals family members. From 1863 they settled and set up a studio in Krozigen where they continued to practice photography.