05-22-2013 05-23-2013
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
2654M Marlborough
May 22, 2013 2:00PMCalender

Double Sixth-plate Ambrotype Portraits of a Couple and a Man Wearing a Top Hat

Auction: Discovery - 2654M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: May 23, 2013 10:00AM


Double Sixth-plate Ambrotype Portraits of a Couple and a Man Wearing a Top Hat, each with tinted cheeks and gilt highlights, in a black "Teasing Her Dog" (Krainik 137) Union case, inscribed in pencil on the case manufacturer's paper label behind the portrait of the man wearing the top hat: "Aaron Bradi-Van O'Linda/Born Florida, NY on the Mohawk, 1818/Died in Amsterdam, NY Apr. 20 1876/Descended from a Mohawk Indian Chief," (lacquer imperfections, minor surface grime).
Estimate $300-500

The couple with lacquer craquelure, minor unobtrusive minute spots of surface debris and dust on both portraits.

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Mohawk, case manufacturer, Van O'Linda, Amsterdam, Ambrotype, Art forgery, Craquelure, Cultural history, Top hat