NADAR (GASPARD-FÉLIX TOURNACHON)
salt print, signed and annotated '113 St Lazare' in ink on the image, mounted, titled 'Cicéri' in ink and with the photographer's studio blindstamp on the mount, 1856-58
9¼ by 7¼ in. (23.5 by 18.4 cm.)
This salt print is in generally excellent condition. Grading this salt print on a scale of 1 to 10 – a 10 being a print with deep brown dark tones and cream-toned highlights that retain all of their original detail – it rates a 9, The image retains a high level of detail overall, with the texture of the sitter's coat, trousers, and wiry hair readily discernible. There are two very small deposits, likely original retouching, near the sitter's face. In raking light, a few faint glossy swipes in the lower half of the image are visible.
The print is trimmed to the image with rounded corners. The mount, blindstamped 'Papeterie J. Berville, Chaussee d'Antin, Paris,' is appropriately age-darkened at the upper and lower edges. There is a tideline along the lower left mount edge. The front and reverse are evenly soiled.
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Private collection, Paris
Martin Kaukas Books, Manchester, VT, 2007