This handsome, large daguerreotype is an especially well-conceived portrait. Faint rosy, flesh-toned tinting enlivens the sitter's lips and cheeks. Exceptional rich detail is visible throughout, from the sitter's elegant, embellished gown; to her lace bonnet or veil; to her earrings and choker necklace. Light reflects on the sitter's intricate hairstyle.
A heavy border of colorful tarnish unevenly follows the contours of the mat. As is visible in the catalogue illustration and when examining the plate closely, there are several small, spidery accretions overall and some pin-point-sized rust-colored spots. When examined in raking light, there is an isolated area of fine pitting in the area of the sitter's torso and hands.
There are scattered tiny black accretions on the mat. The black leather case, with push-button closure and two hinges, is in generally good condition. The cover is scuffed and there are two significant jagged scratches. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.