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78 Rockland Avenue 
NY 10705 
Tel914 423 5806
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Auctions - Past

Thu Jan 28, 2010
4:00 (Eastern)
Tue Apr 28, 2009
4:00 (Eastern)
Preview at Radisson Martinique Hotel, 32nd St. at Broadway, NYC
Sunday, April 26th, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Monday, April 27th, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 28th, 10 a.m. - before the auction.
Thu Oct 30, 2008Photographs 
Appropriate to this dark time there is a large series of photographs dealing with 20th Century wars. Some of the material is very disturbing, yet these are powerful and revealing photographs that show how art and documentation are closely entwined. A major group of offerings deals with Vietnam, These are grouped almost year by year, from the end of the French involvement up to the aftermath in Cambodia. They are mostly period press photographs, with the original “slugs” attached that provide important contexts for the images. The photographers are often credited. Photographs by some of the major photographers such as Sean Flynn, Kyoichi Sawada, Philip Jones Griffith and Don McCullin are offered individually. The WWII photographs include a series of late war reconnaissance photographs used for bombing raids over targets in Japan, Groups of original German press photographs deal with ventures in Africa. They also show Germany’s connections with her future ally Japan. The group includes interesting aviation-related photographs, and scenes from the Russian front. A fascinating photo album is offered that was made from a wing section of a downed German fighter lane by a U.S. bomber squadron. There are also photographs from the Spanish Civil War, and grotesque images of Chinese beheadings, as well as unique photographs showing atrocities from the Japanese war in China before and during WWII..
From an earlier historical period there are a number of photographs dealing with American Indian culture during the period of Western expansion, with some fine portraits of prominent chiefs from the late 19th century. These include a beautiful hand-colored portrait of Geronimo by Erwin, several by F. A. Rinehart, and a fine tissue gravure by E. S. Curtis. Late 19th century and early 20th century American photographs include interesting Adirondack scenes by S. R. Stoddard, and lovely large albumen photographs of scenes in Saratoga. There is a Yosemite scene on boudoir mount by Carleton Watkins published by Taber, as well as a very rare important albumen print on a boudoir mount by Taber showing Chinese coolies embarking from a ship at San Francisco. A good selection of Northwest logging scenes by Darius Kinsey is also offered.
Early 19th century photography includes a select group of daguerreotypes and other early images, including a rare “ivorytype” by Germon of Philadelphia. An important group of cartes de visite is of Count Olympe Aguado and his family. Agaudo was the amateur photographer who first made small format photographs to be used as calling cards. The portraits are by Disderi, who commercially exploited that format. There are early salted paper prints by James Robertson and Robert MacPherson.
On a lighter side, there are nude and fashion photographs by Germaine Krull, P. H. Oelman, Horst (and a related self-portrait by Dr. Agha), a touching portrait of Marilyn by Halsman (more personal than those more commonly offered.) Recent nude and fashion photographs are by Irina Ionesco, Jock Sturges and a striking “one of kind” Fresson print by Shiela Metzner. One of the principle offerings is a portfolio by Albert Watson, 12 nude photographs of fashion models made in 1977 in an edition of 12 for Watson’s favored clients.
Be-hold continues to present interesting photographs by major photographers, with works by Atget, Leonard Misonne, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Kertesz, Doisneau and others. There are portraits by Jesse Tarbox Beals, James Van Der Zee, Barbara Morgan, and a series of 1969- 1970 portraits of California photographers including Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Wynn Bullock and Imogen Cunningham by Joan Murray.
The catalog and web absentee auction will take place on Thursday October 30th at 2:00 (Eastern.) Subscription forms for the catalog, color scans and further information can be found on the web site or by calling 914.423.5806.
All those interested are invited to look over the material in NYC on Friday, October 24th, from 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., on Saturday October 25th, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Sunday October 26th, 9:00 a.m. – noon. The NYC preview will take place at the Affinia 50 Hotel, 50th Street at 3d Avenue, with a reception on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Thu Mar 13, 2008Part 2: Photographs on Paper51
Thu Feb 21, 2008Part 1: Daguerreotypes, early cased images and images on glass 
Larry Gottheim’s 51st Be-hold catalog/internet auction is in two parts. Part 1, on February 21st, offers a rich selection of daguerreotypes and other early cased images, as well as images on glass. Part two will follow in early March with a strong offering of photographs on paper.
Some of the major daguerreotypes are from the Philadelphia area. A framed 1/6 plate is a wonderful view of a bookstore, full of interesting details, with people posed and prints in the windows. There is a significant group of portraits by the great studios of Langenheim and Root of the Tatham family, important religious, commercial and civic leaders. An early ¼ plate portrait, ca. 1843, came from Baltimore, but may have a Philadelphia connection.
Other outdoor daguerreotypes are an impressive side view of the locomotive “Vermont” stopped in a small town, a ½ plate of a house with an addition that appears to be an inn, and another of a small town store. Outdoor views in the slightly later ambrotype format include a look down at 2 well dressed equestriennes on their mounts, a pair of half plates of a Kinderhook N.Y. homestead, and one of a farm wagon with livestock.
Revealing occupational portraits include one of an expert wallpaper artist, posed with the tools of his trade and some of his decorated paper. An enigmatic figure sports a hat with “WATCHMAN” on the band. There is a view of fruit peddlers in the poor part of town, a scarce subject in the daguerreian era that mostly catered to wealthy clients. An ambrotype shows a South or Central American nanny with her two charges, and one shows an elaborately costumed actor holding a mask. A ½ plate tintype is a portrait of a salty shipwright with his gear.
While most of the material is American, there is a good selection of English and French material. Especially noteworthy is a ¼ plate portrait of a British man o’ war in harbor, with many sailors on deck and up on the masts, a gauzy blue-tinted Union Jack waving from the stern. There is a fine hand-colored French erotic stereodaguerreotype, and in contrast, a portrait of a French country priest. English portraits include an early Beard 1/9 plate in Wharton inner frame and fliptop case.
The mainstay of daguerreian art is portraiture and those offered include a wonderful moody portrait of a poetic woman who is pregnant, a handsome charming “bad boy,” and others ranging from children (a very charming girl on her rocking horse, and another girl with her large dog) up to the aged. There is a rich and tender portrait by Whipple of a child with mother just showing inside the edge of the mat. There are also darker but still revealing and moving images of mothers with their deceased children.
Images on glass include a series of glass stereo views by Platt Babbitt dealing with his stereo operation at Niagara Falls, as well as an important glass view by him of Colonel Duryea’s Regiment at Fort Schuyler. There is a rare important vintage positive on glass of a Civil War scene – the 16th Pennsylvania officers at a camp, with a black boy crouched at the side of a tree.
This is an unusually extensive offering of this type material. Everything is presented on the website, and in the illustrated catalog that can be ordered on the website. All the material can be viewed directly by appointment at the Yonkers NY premises (1/2 hour from mid-town Manhattan) and there will be an open house on Saturday February 16th and Sunday February 17th from 1:00 to 6:00. Much of the material for Part 2 of the auction will also be available for preview. This should be interesting to those who are already involved in studying and collecting daguerreotypes and other early formats, as well as those who just want to learn more about them. Contact Larry by Email at or phone 914.423.5806. Bids may be placed directly with Be-hold, but bidding can also take place, for those who enjoy that kind of participation, on “eBay Live.”
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