ALFRED STIEGLITZ | GRASSES
1864 - 1946
flush-mounted, mounted again to larger card, in the original white metal frame
gelatin silver print
6 by 9 inches
(15.2 by 22.9 cm)
Executed in 1933.
As is typical of Stieglitz's photographs from this period, the present print is trimmed to the image, flush-mounted to card and mounted again to a larger sheet of similar board or card. The whole is enclosed in the original white metal frame, complete with its metal tabs, thin wooden spacers and hanging hardware. Linen tape covers the tabs on the reverse. So as not to disrupt its original presentation, this photograph was not examined out of its frame.
The photograph appears to be in generally excellent condition. When examined closely through the frame's glass in high raking light, deposits of original retouching are visible.
The white metal frame is in generally very good condition. There are a few small nicks to the frame's edges and small losses of paint. There is old, possibly original, tape along the edges on the reverse, covering the metal tabs. There are some abrasions to the frame's backing.
'44C' and '6 [circled]' are written in an unidentified pencil on the reverse of the frame.
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.
Georgia O’Keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1946 (by descent)
By descent to the present owner
Sarah Greenough, Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set, The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs, vol. II 1923-1937, Washington, D. C., 2002, no. 1505, p. 858, illustrated
John Szarkowski, Alfred Stieglitz at Lake George, New York, 1995, p. 105, illustrated