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TINA MODOTTI | INTERIOR OF CHURCH TOWER AT TEPOTZOTLÁN, MEXICO

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Estimate:

200,000

to
- 300,000 USD

TINA MODOTTI | INTERIOR OF CHURCH TOWER AT TEPOTZOTLÁN, MEXICO

TINA MODOTTI | INTERIOR OF CHURCH TOWER AT TEPOTZOTLÁN, MEXICO

Estimate:

200,000

to
- 300,000 USD

Lot sold:

500,000

USD

TINA MODOTTI

1896-1942

INTERIOR OF CHURCH TOWER AT TEPOTZOTLÁN, MEXICO


platinum print, tipped to a buff paper mount, signed and dated by the photographer and with possible autograph by 'Carlos Mérida’ in pencil on the mount, framed, Howard Greenberg Gallery and Museum of New Mexico exhibition labels on the reverse, 1924

9½ by 7⅛ in. (24.1 by 18.9 cm.)

This rich platinum print, with bright highlights and nuanced midtones, is in generally excellent condition.


Upon very close examination in raking light, a few small, thin, linear scuffs are barely visible. The print is trimmed to the image, and there is minor edge wear. There are 2 glossy deposits in the lower left quadrant and 2 extremely faint brown deposits in the upper right quadrant that may be foxing. There is a crease in the upper right corner that appears to have been flattened and expertly retouched. There is a faint, matte linear deposit in the upper left quadrant, possibly also retouching. None of the aforementioned detracts in any way from this impressive, highly-detailed platinum print.


The photograph is tipped along its upper edge to thick, buff paper. The mount is sunned at the photograph's periphery but overall age-appropriately darkened. As is visible in the full object illustration online, there is some liquid staining and a tideline along the right edge of the mount, as well as several rust-colored deposits that appear to be foxing. The mount corners are rounded and creased.


On the reverse of the mount, there is a red ink stain at the upper right corner. There are yellowed adhesive remnants along each edge and a linear abrasion along the upper edge, suggesting that this mount may previously have been affixed to a secondary mount.


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.

Estate of Carlos Mérida

Ava Vargas & Roberto Rochin, Pasadena

Fahey/Klein Gallery, 1991

Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, 1992

Mildred Constantine, Tina Modotti: A Fragile Life (New York, 1983), p. 109

Christiane Barckhausen-Canale, Verdad y Leyenda de Tina Modotti (Havana, 1989), p. 110, fig. 29

Constance Sullivan and Eugenia Parry Janis, eds., Women Photographers (New York, 1990), pl. 46

Valentina Agostinis, Tina Modotti: gli anni luminosi (Pordenone, 1992), p. 71

Sarah Lowe, Tina Modotti: Photographs (Philadelphia, 1995), pl. 24

James N. Wood and Teri J. Edelstein, The Art Institute of Chicago: The Essential Guide (Chicago, 1997), p. 177 

Patricia Albers, Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti (New York, 1999), p. 112

Margaret Hooks, Tina Modotti (Aperture, 1999), p. 49

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Edward Weston: Photography and Modernism (Boston, 1999), p. 34

James N. Wood, Treasures from The Art Institute of Chicago (Manchester, 2000), p. 266

Margaret Hooks, Tina Modotti (London, 2002), p. 17

James N. Wood, The Art Institute of Chicago: The Essential Guide – Revised Edition (Chicago, 2003), p. 177

Sarah Lowe, Tina Modotti & Edward Weston: The Mexico Years (London and New York, 2004), p. 29

Santa Fe, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Proto-Modern Photography, July - October 1992