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THE BERYL VOSBURGH PHOTOGRAPHICA COLLECTION

THE BERYL VOSBURGH PHOTOGRAPHICA COLLECTION

'JUBILEE'

THE BERYL VOSBURGH PHOTOGRAPHICA COLLECTION

 GOES UNDER THE HAMMER

3RD MAY 2018 AT 10AM

The ‘Jubilee’ Collection amassed by one of the first specialist antique photographica dealers and collectors in London, the late Beryl Vosburgh[1], will go under the hammer at Special Auction Services in Newbury on Thursday, 3 May at 10.00 and is expected to realise in excess of £30,000.

The auction comprises items from Jubilee Photographica, Beryl's shop as well as those from her own 40-year collection. It comprises a multitude of fine images, including works by Julia Margaret Cameron, William Fox Talbot – one of the founders of modern photography, Angus McBean and Cecil Beaton, theatrical images, Hattie Jacques’ collection of postcards of Gaiety Girls, Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, photographic jewellery, stereoscopic images, photograph albums and topographical images from around the world. However, the core is several thousand cartes de visite, which are of huge social interest as precursors to photographic postcards, are expected to be very popular amongst collectors. In a time of formal manners and growing interest in photography, it was in Paris in 1857 that the photographer André Disdéri promoted the idea of putting a small albumen photographic print on a visiting card and Nadar, also in Paris, soon followed suit. Studios opened in major cities around the world and the exchange of cartes became a craze; soon most towns of any size in wealthier countries housed studios. The collection focuses strongly on the glorious early years up to the mid-1860s, exemplified by the London-based Frenchman Camille Silvy (see image), whose cartes show beautiful crispness, depth of tone and compositional skill. This gorgeous example has a painterly quailty that few photographers could rival. The majority of the images show individuals sitting or standing – sometimes in discomfort owing to the length of exposure – in studios, but Beryl’s attention means that she collected enchanting family groups, children with toys and dolls, cartes taken outside, views around the world, sitters in British India and other parts of the Empire, as well as circus attractions, famous politicians and royalty.

Auction highlights

  • Cameras and Photographic Equipment
Dallmeyer Super-Six 2" F1.9 lenses

Dallmeyer Super-Six 2" F1.9 lenses

Price realised

£5200

Ilford Witness No 5179

Ilford Witness No 5179

Price realised

£8500

Ilford Witness Outfit No 5201

Ilford Witness Outfit No 5201

Price realised

£9500

Auction highlights

  • Fine Photographica
  • 13th March 2018

Lot 36

An early 19th Century treen Phrenology Patch Box 'Cranologie du Docteur Gall', the lid embossed with diagrammatic skulls, the base with description of the system, 80mm diam., G-VG

Price realised

£720

Lot 253

A Dallmeyer No.2C Extra Rapid Portrait Lens, serial no. 23755, circa 1874, brass mount, rack and pinion focusing, with full set of Waterhouse stops in maker's leather case, barrel VG, elements VG, minor internal dust and debris

Price realised

£1700

Lot 277

A rare Leitz grey World War II military-issue Hektor 13.5cm f/4.5 Lens, serial no. 576103, 1941, screw mount, with last three digits of serial number pencilled in German script inside lens barrel when head removed, barrel, G, some paint degradation and brassing, small dent to aperture scale ring, elements, G, light haze with some internal dust, in maker's card tube, lacks end cap, with refinished grey A36 lens hood, by A.O Roth London

Price realised

£5500