1902 - 1984
a unique Polaroid print, the photographer's 'Polaroid Land Photograph by Ansel Adams' stamp and a handling instructions stamp on the reverse, overmatted, framed, 1960; accompanied by a certificate of provenance, signed by Michael and Jeanne Adams (2)
image: 4 1/2 by 3 1/2 in. (11.4 by 8.9 cm.)
frame: 16 3/4 by 14 3/4 in. (42.5 by 37.5 cm.)
This unique Polaroid print is in generally excellent condition. As is typical of the process, there is some pitting and hairline scratches. There is a one-inch brown line running down into the image from the upper edge near the center, and a small area of rust-colored discoloration in the upper and lower right quadrants, all likely results of processing.
On the reverse is some minor rust-colored discoloration, mostly at the extreme edges. 'Polaroid' and 'E02502' are stamped.
The print is overmatted with a glossy, possibly photographic paper affixed by 3 pieces of tape adhered to the reverse of the photograph. 'AA/1994' is written in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse of the overmat.
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.
By descent to Michael and Jeanne Adams, 1980s
Acquired from the above, 2007