HERBERT BAYER | OPTICS NOTATIONS I AND II
12,000 to - 18,000 USD
OPTICS NOTATIONS I AND II
2 ferrotyped gelatin silver prints, numbered ‘#1’ or ‘#2’ in ink in the margin, each signed, titled, dated, and annotated 'vintage' in pencil on the reverse, circa 1943 (Herbert Bayer: The Complete Work, p. 278) (2)
Each approximately 9½ by 13½ in. (24.1 by 34.3 cm.)
These early prints on single-weight paper are in generally excellent condition. As is typical of the ferrotyping process, there are small scratches and pitting across the glossy surface of these photographs. Upon close examination, it appears that the circular lens shapes have been accentuated in graphite. There are faint handling creases visible throughout. The margins are rippled and soiled. The lower margin edges are unevenly trimmed. The reverse of each print is soiled. There is a Ginny Williams Collection label on the reverse of each mat.
'Optics Notations 1':
'#2' is annotated in ink in the margin. There are tack holes in the upper margin corners. 'HB- (11/12/83) 9' and 'GK864-2' are written in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse.
'Optics Notations 2':
'#1' is annotated in ink in the margin. There are tack holes in the upper margin corners. 'GK864-3' is written in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse.
When examined under ultraviolet light, these prints do not appear to fluoresce.
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Collection of Joella Bayer, the photographer’s widow
Christie’s New York, 15 April 1992, Sale 7428, Lots 39 and 40