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ALBUMEN & SILVER PRINTS / PAGE FOUR

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Albumen photo of Der Roemer, Franfurt Albumen of Roemersaal, FrankfurtASP146-4

Pair of German photogravures, 4"h x 6"w (10.2 x 15.2 cm), each one mounted to a period beige stiff card mount measuring 9"h x 11"w. The first image is an exterior view of the Römer complex of buildings on the Römerberg in Frankfurt, the second image is an interior view of the Kaisersaal, known for it's collection of 19th century portraits of all the emperors. Note the large marble statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I standing at the far end of the hall. Photos numbered and titled in the negative, but photographer unknown. Circa 1900. In fine, clean condition. $50.00, the pair.

Albumen photograph of the statue of "Hebe" by Antonio Canova ASP144-4

Lovely albumen photograph, 5"h x 3 3/4" w (12.7 x 9.5 cm), of Antonio Canova's statue of Hebe, goddess of youth in Greek mythology and cupbearer for the gods. This particular example (Canova created four sculptures of this subject) stands in the National Gallery, Berlin. Faint oval blind stamp of "Photographische Gesellschaft Berlin" in lower right corner. Photo circa 1875. Mounted to a period grey stiff card mount measuring 12"h x 9"w. In absolutely fine, clean and unmarked condition. $35.00 SOLD

Apoxyomenos or "The Scraper" albumen photograph ASP125-4

Albumen photograph, 9 3/4"h x 7 3/4"w (25 x 20 cm), of the statue known as the "Apoxyomenos" or "The Scraper", showing an athlete in the act of scraping dust and perspiration form his body with a small, curved tool that the Romans called a "strigil". Based on the bronze original, this Greek marble copy was discovered during excavations in the Trastevere district of Rome in 1849, and now resides in the Museo Pio-Clementino at the Vatican. Photo attributed to Fratelli Alinari, circa 1875. Mounted to a period beige stiff card mount (15 1/2" x 14") that has an ex-label from an art museum reference library on verso. Some general wear to mount. Photo clean and unmarked with good toning. $75.00

'The Resting Satyr" by Praxiteles albumen photograph ASP126-4

Albumen photograph, 9 3/4"h x 7 3/4"w (25 x 20 cm), of the marble sculpture called "The Resting Satyr" or "The Leaning Satyr" and generally attributed to Greek sculptor Praxiteles. It now resides in the Capitoline Museums in Rome. Photo attributed to Fratelli Alinari, circa 1875. Mounted to a period beige stiff card mount (15 1/2" x 14") that has an ex-label from an art museum reference library on verso. Some general wear to mount. Photo clean and unmarked with good toning. $75.00

Statue of Meleager albumen photograph ASP127-4

Albumen photograph, 9 1/2"h x 7 3/4"w (24 x 20 cm), of a Roman marble statue of Meleager. Venerated in Greek mythology as a hero, he's depicted wearing a "chlamys" (cloak) and posed with the head of the Calydonian boar. In the Museo Pio-Clementino at the Vatican. Photo attributed to Fratelli Alinari, circa 1875. Mounted to a period beige stiff card mount (15 1/2" x 14") that has an ex-label from an art museum reference library on verso. Some general wear to mount. Photo clean and unmarked with good toning. $75.00

Bust of Emperor Augustus albumen photograpg by Fratelli Alinari ASP128-4

Albumen photograph, 9 3/4"h x 7 1/4"w (25 x 18.4 cm), of a Roman marble bust of the young Emperor Augustus. In the early 1870's the firm of Fratelli Alinari in Florence began to photograph the art treasures of the Vatican and Capitoline museums in Rome, eventually amassing over the next twenty years a huge stock of images not only of Italian museums, but other European collections as well. This is an early one in their oeuvre and it is numbered in the negative, along with having the relatively scarce block-like "Alinari" blindstamp to the image. Mounted to a period beige stiff card mount (15 1/2" x 14") that has an ex-label from an art museum reference library on verso. Some general wear to mount with very light scattered surface wear to photo. Else, clean with excellent toning and depth. $95.00

Athena Varvakeion statue albumen photograph ASP131-4

Albumen photograph, 10 1/2" h x 8 1/4" w (26.7 x 21 cm), of the satue known as the "Athena Varvakeion" in the National museum, Athens. This is a Roman marble copy from the 2nd century based on the (now lost) monumental statue of "Athena Parthenos" that stood in the Parthenon. Mounted to a period beige stiff card mount (17" h x 14 1/2" w) that has a short, contemporary pen description written on recto below image. Photograph in fine, clean condition with beautiful glossy, rich brown tones. Circa 1870. Photo marked in negative "129 bis", photographer unknown. $75.00

Large format albumen photograph of Venice by Carlo Naya ASP133-4

Large format albumen photograph, 10 3/4" h x 14 " w (27.3 x 35.5 cm) of Venice by Carlo Naya, 1816-1882. This view here, taken from the belltower of St. Mark's, shows in the foreground the Royal Garden on the quay, then beyond this the Custom House which forms the entrance to the Grand Canal. To the right of the Custom House is the church of Santa Maria della Salute, and in the background is the island of Giudecca with the church of Il Redentore, designed by Palladio. Photo marked "28" in the negative. Naya began his career in Venice with fellow photographer and publisher Carlo Ponti, but soon branched out on his own, establishing a studio on the Riva Schiavoni in the heart of the city. It is his views of the city, it's monuments, as well as his remarkable series of Venetian palaces, that places him at the very forefront of Italian photography in the third quarter of the nineteenth century. This example here is an early and scarcer large format print attached to a beige stiff paper mount (12 1/2" h x 18"w) blindstamped "Naya, Riva Schiavoni, Venezia". On the verso of the mount is a printed tri-lingual description of the photo. For an almost identical variant of this photo see "Italien Sehen und Sterben: Photographien der Zeit des Risorgimento (1845-1870)", Kat. Nr. 159, published by Agfa Foto-Historama, Köln, 1994. In near fine, unmarked condtion with beautiful depth and toning. Mount lightly chipped along edges and at corners. Very special. $195.00

Large format albumen photograph of St. Mark's Square by Carlo Naya ASP134-4

Large format albumen photograph, 10 3/4" h x 14 " w (27.3 x 35.5 cm) of St. Mark's Square, Venice by Carlo Naya, 1816-1882. This view here shows the piazzetta with the Doge's Palace on the left, the Biblioteca Marciana on the right, and the columns holding the statues of the Lion of Venice and St. Theodore. In the background is the church of San Giorgio Maggiore, designed by Palladio, on the island of the same name. Photo marked "109" in the negative. Naya began his career in Venice with fellow photographer and publisher Carlo Ponti, but soon branched out on his own, establishing a studio on the Riva Schiavoni in the heart of the city. It is his views of the city, it's monuments, as well as his remarkable series of Venetian palaces, that places him at the very forefront of Italian photography in the third quarter of the nineteenth century. This example here is an early and scarcer large format print attached to a beige stiff paper mount (12 1/2" h x 18"w) blindstamped "Naya, Riva Schiavoni, Venezia". On the verso of the mount is a printed tri-lingual description of the photo. There's a thin band of fading to the bottom and left edges of the photograph. Else, in near fine, unmarked condition with beautiful depth and toning. Mount lightly chipped along edges and corners with a short, closed tear through blindstamp. Very special. $195.00

Albumen photograph of the "Arco di Tito" by Fratelli d'Allessandri ASP132-4

Albumen photograph, 8"h x 10"w (20.3 x 25.4 cm), of the Arch of Titus in Rome. Erected in the first century by Roman Emperor Domitian to comemmorate the military victories of his recently deceased brother Titus, it has served as the model for a number of other arches built through the ages, most notably the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photo by Fratelli d'Allessandri, numbered, titled and credited in the negative. Mounted to a period burgundy stiff card mount measuring 12" h x 15" w. Photo in fine, clean condition with beautiful grey-brown toning. $50.00

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