Shutters and Doors
1902 - 1984
Shutters and Doors
gelatin silver print, mounted, signed in pencil on the mount, with credit, date, and dedication to 'Mr. and Mrs. Lee M. Blodget, Adams Assistant' in ink on the reverse, framed, an Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, label on the reverse, circa 1940, possibly printed in the 1950s
image: 9 1/4 by 6 1/2 in. (24.1 by 15.2 cm.)
frame: 24 1/2 by 20 1/2 in. (62.2 by 52.1 cm.)
This photograph, with a semi-glossy surface and on a thin mount, is in generally very good to excellent condition. In raking light, the following are visible: a 1/2-inch linear scratch with retouching near the upper edge; and a small soft crimp near the right edge, likely a result of mounting.
The photograph is on a thin mount that is somewhat yellowed. On the mount, framers crop marks in pencil, abrasions, and paper adhesions suggest this photograph was previously overmatted. There is some soiling from handling on the front and reverse of the mount. On the reverse of the mount, the following is in an unidentified hand in ink: 'An original photographic print by / Ansel Adams / Yosemite, California, 1947 / for / Mr. + Mrs. Lee M. Blodget, Adams Assistant / 1940-7 Golden Rain Road / Walnut Creek, CA 94595-1992 / Telephone (510) 939-2553.' '4206' and 'AA/1594' are in an unidentified modern hand in pencil.
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.
Karen E. Quinn and Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Ansel Adams: The Early Years (Boston, 1991), pl. 24