China Photographic Masterworks: The most valuable collection of masterpieces of the golden age of Chinese photography in private hands(China ,Photography)
Early Photography of China Collection: A highly important collection in development.. Various places, 1850s-1930s
The most valuable collection of early China photography in private hands, the Early Photography of China Collection includes the greatest masterworks of China photography by the foremost photographers working in China in the nineteenth century and the first quarter of the 20th century. The collection has been assembled over the course of many years, and we continue to expand and refine it as worthy photographs and archives become available. This collection, unrivaled in quality and extent in private hands, provides a unique opportunity to own one of the greatest collections of Chinese photography extant. We are eager to acquire important China photographs, from individual objects to albums and collections. We invite you to contact us.
Collection in development
O’SULLIVAN, TIMOTHY and WILLIAM BELL.
Photographs Showing Landscapes, Geological and other Features, of Portions of the Western Territory of the United States, obtained in connection with geographical and geological explorations and surveys west of the 100th meridian (seasons of 1871, 1872 and 1873).. Washington: War Department Corps of Engineers, 1874-75
This rare collection of 50 photographs is a monument of photography of the American West. “It is the individual nature of O’Sullivan’s production that makes him of such artistic importance today. Indeed, of all the photographers who worked on the great western surveys of this era, O’Sullivan remains the most admired, studied, and debated. It is to him, more than any of his peers, that contemporary photographers and historians first turn for inspiration and intellectual challenge” (Keith Davis, Timothy H. O’Sullivan: The King Survey Photographs, 9).
(AMERICAN WEST.) ,Watkins, Taber, Savage, and others
Magnificent Album of Mammoth Photographs of the American West, with other subjects. various, ca. 1865-1880s
This magnificent American West photograph album contains an astounding 21 mammoth photographs by leading photographers including Carleton Watkins, Charles R. Savage, and Isaiah West Taber, as well as other important photographs.
RUSSELL, ANDREW J
The Great West Illustrated in a series of photographic views across the continent, taken along the line of the Union Pacific Railroad, west from Omaha, Nebraska. New York: [by D. H. Prime] Published by Authority of the Union Pacific Railroad Company, 1869
First edition. One of the monuments of American photography, and Russell’s masterpiece, The Great West documents the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad and the land through which it ran. The 50 splendid large format albumen photographs depict scenes along the railroad, which ran from Omaha, through Wyoming and Utah, and ended in Sacramento.
Large Format Camera from Mathew Brady’s Studio. New York, c. 1850s
A major relic of photographic history, this camera was owned by Mathew Brady during his years as the leading figure in American photography. Brady was the preeminent American portrait photographer of his day. He gained his greatest fame with his studio’s documentation of the events and figures of the Civil War. This camera’s association with Brady and his studio, which produced hundreds of iconic portraits and thousands of Civil War photographs, makes it an important historical artifact.
(SAN FRANCISCO.) TABER, ISAIAH WEST
The Taber Photographic Album of Principal Business Houses, Residences and Persons. San Francisco: Taber, 1880
The Taber Photographic Album is the most important photographically illustrated book of 19th-century American business and commerce. This remarkable volume presents a dazzling overview of the businesses, trade, and commercial culture of San Francisco in 1880. Taber was the most successful photographer of 19th-century California, and this work demonstrates his genius for creating compelling images and his shrewd marketing.
(CENTRAL PARK) Prevost ,Victor
An extraordinary collection of photographs of Central Park by its first official photographer. New York, 1862
Pioneering photographs of Central Park. One of the earliest photographers to work in New York
(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) Gardner, Alexander
Mammoth Portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Washington, November 8, 1863
A classic mammoth portrait of Abraham Lincoln, showing the President just days before he delivered the Gettysburg Address.
BRADY, GARDNER, MORSE, DAGUERRE, RUSSELL, WATKINS &c
An extraordinary collection of 26 photographic portraits of leading photographers. Various processes, 1850s-1890s
This superb collection of photographs of photographers documents the spread of photography from its inventor Daguerre through the art’s earliest practitioners in the United States and ultimately to the great photographers of the Civil War and the American West.
(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) GARDNER, ALEXANDER
Collection of four photograph of the execution of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Washington, July 7, 1865
A monumental event in American photographic history: the hanging of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. Series of Gardner’s execution photographs are rarely seen. The only other collection we have seen for public sale in years, a group of four prints, sold for $100,000 (Swann Galleries, October 17, 2013, lot 18.