This historic bronze sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens is representative of a recent appraisal. Entitled: Abraham Lincoln: The Man (Standing Lincoln). Dates: 1884–87; reduced 1910; cast 1915.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Bronze
Abraham Lincoln: The Man (Standing Lincoln) by Augustus Saint-Gaudens was photographed using simple hand-held reflectors in natural light within a relatively dark room. The appraisal contained many more photographs shot at all angles to illustrate the lengthy descriptions and provenance likewise provided in the documentation.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Bronze
Detail of historic bronze sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, cast 1915.
Straw Leghorn Bonnet ca. 1827
Considered rare, this handwoven straw bonnet ca. 1827 has survived nearly 200 years within its original bandbox. Worn by Anna Moore born about 1804; married 1827, Allegany County, Maryland.
Calash bonnet, ca. 1811
This emerald green silk calash is trimmed with a delicate robin's egg blue inner ruffle. It is a lovely example of a millinery style named after a type of French horse-drawn carriage with a folding hood. The design, popular between the late 18th century through early 1840s, allowed fashionable women to wear a bonnet over their large and often elaborate hairstyles. The bonnet is softly ruched between the collapsible cane supports and folds perfectly flat when not in use, making it ideal for elegant travel wear.
Victorian Top Hat with Case
This fine Victorian beaver top hat is complete with its sturdy, custom-made leather case with original brass lock. The interior of the case is deeply padded and covered with a rich silk lining that nestles the gent’s expensive topper. The hard-shell design was made to withstand the harshest handling and weather conditions when traveling by horse-drawn coach during the last half of the 19th century.
Marble Sculpture by Harnisch
Another example of a recent appraisal which included a sculpture by Albert E. Harnisch, dated 1897. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, little is known about the artist who moved from the United States to Italy in 1869 intent on furthering his studies and career. Harnisch eventually set up a studios in Rome as well as Florence where he specialized in portrait busts.
Details of Bust by Harnisch, 1897
Signature close-up and location indication images.
Cameo with Historic Provenance
Shell and 14-karat gold cameo brooch/pendant ca 1840. Signed by Bennel, the artist. The provenance states that the cameo was a gift to artist Ruth Hansen from her husband Peter Hansen, chief furniture designer for Gustav Stickley. The cameo was part of an estate belonging to a direct descendent.
James McNeill Whistler, 1858
Signed Whistler, lower left, copper plate etching with partial "Pro Patria" (Dutch paper) watermark. One of 40 impressions without numbering or provenance. Identified as printed in the second state. This image is said to be Whistler's only known sole depiction of a still life rendered while he was studying Rembrandt's etchings.
Aurelius O. Revenaugh
The artist Aurelius Revenaugh (1840-1908) was well known across the South, the Midwest, and also briefly in Washington DC as a successful portrait painter. According to family records, Revenaugh was largely a self-taught artist who had also made a name for himself as a talented musician. It was said that Revenaugh made violins during the days when he felt that the light was not good for painting.
Photographic Proof of Signature
Through digital macro imaging and color enhancement (see inset) Revenaugh's nearly invisible signature became evident.
"Attack on Bunker's Hill…1775"
Historic rare map with identification label from one of Boston's most venerable antiquarian booksellers, George Goodspeed, Goodspeed's Book Shop, Inc. of Boston, MA.
Blakelock: Plein Air Panel
A closer detail image of Blakelock's oil on panel landscape.
Ralph Albert Blakelock ca. 1890
This ca 1890 plein air painting by Ralph Albert Blakelock was created during the latter part of the artist's life. By then, however, Blakelock had sold so few paintings that his family lived in abject poverty. On March 25, 1890, his brother committed him to an asylum after he developed what is now medically termed as late onset paranoid schizophrenia, resulting in hospitalization that would last for most of his remaining years. Blakelock died in 1919. However, prior to his death and while hospitalized, Blakelock's artwork achieved popularity and by 1913 he was considered one of America's most famous artists, with artwork selling for record prices at the time.
William Wendt, Dated 1922
This plein air oil painting on canvas is by California artist, William Wendt (1865-1946). The landscape is signed and dated 1922. Typical of the artist, the artwork has the exact location notated on the back.
Mourning Locket ca 1900
This mourning locket contains bits of hand-writing from a letter on the left, followed by a tiny image of a gentleman on the right. The family provenance states that the locket was later privately carried and saved by a Jewish woman during the Nazi attacks called Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938.
Example of Macro Imaging
This non-retouched image of the gentleman's portrait photograph in the mourning locket shows the details that can be achieved with macro imaging. The entire locket measures only 1-5/8" high by 1-1/4" in width.
Wedding Ensemble, dated 1905
This three-piece lace wedding ensemble, with provenance, is presently housed in a historic 17th-century convent where the Modemuseum Hasselt is located, Hasselt, Belgium. Hasselt's history in fashion began with a flourishing cloth trade during the Middle Ages. The museum, often described as Belgium's national museum of fashion, has a historic costume collection that traces the development of fashion from about 1750 to the present day.
Wedding Ensemble Details
This wedding dress was designed in the popular "Gibson Girl" silhouette. The three pieces include: a heavily embroidered, white-on-white petticoat trimmed with blue silk ribbon, a cotton batiste underdress with high neckline and blousen front, and a magnificent solid lace overdress.
Glass Negatives: Christmas 1905
This is an example from more than 80 images digitally processed off antique glass negatives. The glass negatives were found in their original boxes and document a family's journey over nearly a decade while living and working on a sugar plantation in the Dominican Republic. This delightful photograph was scanned directly from the glass plate in high resolution and processed for cataloguing and inventory. The image depicts the mother and daughter on Christmas morning, dated 1905.
Enormous 1920's Plumed Fan
This flirty example of a 1920s dyed ostrich plume and celluloid fan measures over 32" wide and is unusual in its size as well as sublime condition.
Macro Imaging: Jewelry Hallmark
This tiny hallmark was nearly invisible to the human eye due to its location on a vintage French brooch. It was also difficult to see with a jeweler's loop. Macro imaging was used to identify the markings which confirmed its identification and description.
1920s Woolen Bathing Suit
This cherry red swimming suit was quite the provocative style during the late 1920s when women were sometimes arrested for wearing such bold designs. Here, the body-defining silhouette is all the more exaggerated by horizontal lines knitted into the tight-fittting overskirt. "Modesty skirts" were necessary designs in both men and women's swimming suits, adding that extra layer of protection against embarrassment due to the overly stretchy nature of wool when wet. Most people cringe at the thought of a woolen bathing suit. However, these svelte 1920's merino styles actually warmed a swimmer's body in icy waters much like our contemporary wetsuits do today.
Bathing Suit, Shoes, ca.1900
Considered rare, this silk and cotton two-piece bathing ensemble has its original matching high-top beach shoes. The ensemble features a one-piece, sleeveless, bloomer-styled suit with V-neckline and striped cuffs at the knees. The overdress or coverup has a wide striped collar and waistband, accented by bold mother-of-pearl buttons. A similar suit was found in the collection at The Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number C.I.62.10a-e.