Issue #204  7/1/2014
Le Gray-Mestral Redux: Ten Rare Daguerreotype Plates Come back up in Paris on July 4th

Ten dag plates will be presented in a Pierre Bergé auction at Drouot Richelieu (Room 14) in Paris on Friday, July 4th at 2:30 p.m. Paris time. (8:30 a.m. EST). The plates originally went up in auction just two years ago, but are back up on the market. They represent most of the known Le Gray-Mestral trove of 1848 daguerreotypes.

One of the daguerreotypes to go to auction July 4th
One of the daguerreotypes to go to auction July 4th

Originally purchased at auction and exhibited by Serge Plantureux at Paris Photo in November 2012, the plates went back to the auction house as part of a deal struck with dealer Serge Plantureux. The group is now minus the plates showing Auguste Mestral, which went in the first auction to three institutions (Musee d'Orsay (1); Bibliotheque National (2); and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (1)), and the photographer with camera tentatively identified as Gustave Le Gray in a self-portrait, which remains with Serge Plantureux. One other plate had been previously sold, leaving the ten in this auction.

To learn more details in English about possible identifications of the individuals in the plates offered at auction, go to: http://www.photoceros.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ENGLISH-NICEPHORE-LE-GRAY.pdf.

This auction is without catalogue, each portrait is sold individually, with a starting price between 1,000 and 3,000 euros. You can view details on Pierre Bergé's site here: http://www.pba-auctions.com/html/index.jsp?id=19746&lng=en&npp=1000.

Pierre Bergé will accept phone and commission bidders, contact Daphné Vicaire at +33 (0)1 49 49 90 15, or by email at: dvicaire@pba-auctions.com.