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May 13, 2016 12:00 PMCalender

Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984) Pioneer Mill, Cimarron, New Mexico

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Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2895BLocation: BostonDate / Time: May 13, 2016 12:00PM


Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)

Pioneer Mill, Cimarron, New Mexico, c. 1961. Signed "Ansel Adams" in ballpoint pen on the mount l.r. Gelatin silver print mounted on Crescent illustration board, image/sheet size 14 5/8 x 18 1/2 in. (37.2 x 47.0 cm),unmatted, unframed.
Condition: Minor crease l.l., minor wear to mount corners, mount lightly foxed at right edge, scattered fingerprints on mount verso.

Provenance: From the collection of a former Polaroid Corporation employee (1966-1989).

N.B. Ansel Adams was an American photographer best known for his iconic images of the American West. Built in 1864, the purpose of the Pioneer Mill, also known as the Aztec Mill, was to provide wheat and corn flour for local residents, soldiers at Fort Union, and to the Indian Agency in Cimarron, New Mexico. By depicting the building from the side, Adams incorporates the wooden archway as a framing device that echoes the edges of the photographic sheet.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

Mount measures 21 7/8 x 27 7/8 in. (55.6 x 70.8 cm). The crease at l.l. is only visible in raking light; the emulsion is unbroken. No additional issues to report.

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Polaroid Corporation, N.B. Ansel Adams, Cimarron