UNTITLED (LILY LEAF, CARMEL)
flush-mounted, mounted again to card, signed and dated in pencil on the mount, a Bruce Silverstein Gallery label on the reverse, circa1929 (Master Photographer, pl. 13)
9⅜ by 7⅝ in. (23.8 by 19.4 cm.)
Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York
This early print is on lush matte-surface paper. It is in generally very good to excellent condition. Visible in high raking light is age-appropriate silvering in the stem, the left edge, and the upper right quadrant. There is a small deposit in the lower left corner, possibly retouching.
The mount is somewhat unevenly age-darkened. There is a halo around the signature and date, presumably from a previous mat. There is a tiny scratch at the upper left of the mount. The corners are slightly bumped or creased.
'W' is written in an unidentified hand in ink in the upper left of the reverse. There are three areas on the reverse that have been stabilized with Japanese rice paper. The reverse is darkened at the edges and smudged and lightly soiled overall.
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce. There are no examples of this rare image in the Brett Weston Archive.
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