BERND AND HILLA BECHER | 'BLAST FURNACE HEADS B'
BERND AND HILLA BECHER
1931-2007 and 1934-2015
'BLAST FURNACE HEADS B'
a sequence of 9 gelatin silver prints, each ferrotyped, mounted, numbered sequentially and the first signed, titled, and annotated with a hanging schematic in pencil on the reverse, each framed, Ginny Williams Collection labels on the reverse, 2000 (9)
Each 16 by 12¼ in. (40.6 by 31.1 cm.)
These ferrotyped gelatin silver prints - each trimmed to the image and mounted - are in generally very good condition. Occasional pitting and an unevenness of the glossy surface are results inherent to the ferrotyping process and are not condition issues specific to these prints.
B1 - In raking light, there is a 2-1/2-inch halo in the upper left quadrant in the sky area.
B2 - There is minute wear along the lower edge. Upon close examination, there is faint warm discoloration along the lower edge in the area of the roof.
B3 - There are tiny losses of emulsion at the tips of the lower corners. Upon close examination in raking light, a small hair is affixed to the print in the lower left quadrant.
B4 - In raking light, there are halos in the upper left quadrant, near the center-left edge, and in the upper right quadrant. Upon close examination, there is a faint warm discoloration in the upper-center.
B5 - There is a tiny loss of emulsion to the tip of the lower left corner. In raking light, there is some haloing in the upper portion of the image.
B6 - There is a tiny chip of emulsion along the lower right edge.
B8 - There is a tiny loss of emulsion to the tip of the lower left corner. In raking light, there are a few fingerprints visible in near the edges.
B9 - There is slight rippling to the left and right edges of the photograph and mount. Upon close examination the following are visible: a repaired 3/4-inch tear along the upper edge; and a small cluster of tiny nicks to the emulsion in the upper left quadrant.
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.
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