CASED DAGUERROTYPE SILHOUETTE OF LADY

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Item Code: P14155

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Silhouette portraits were very popular in the mid-18th and 19th centuries.  They were an inexpensive means to recreate one’s image or likeness.  It was an accurate self-representation that could be easily carried and/or sent to a loved one. Early versions of silhouette portraiture was done by hand painting the subject’s profile quickly with black paint.  With the onset of photography in 1829 and newer technological innovations that came with taking pictures, silhouettes could be done more quickly and efficiently with use of machines.

This image is a 1/6th plate daguerreotype silhouette.  It is in the original leatherette case, but the case in in fair condition and in two pieces.  The front cover is bordered with floral motifs and a flower arrangement in the center.  The back cover is blank with significant signs of wear from being used.  Inside the front cover is a red silk pillow with minimal fraying along the bottom.  The image is underneath a glass plate, and is centered in a brass gold gilt frame.  The frame has some spots of discoloration.

Interesting piece that captures an early form of photography for those interested in the age-old art form of silhouette portraiture.  [mk] [ph:L]

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