1/4-plate daguerreotype in an oval view passepartout witha hanging hook, with the original label by L.A. Bisson, Fils, Rue St. Germain, on the verso. The label advertises his “Portraits au Daguerrėotype, à l’ombre, à l’intérieur et en quelques secondes Perfectionnés.” It also advertises his daguerreian reproductions of various items. The passepartout is 6 x 4 7/8 – inches. The mat has a decorative “L.A.B.” embossed beneath the oval.
Louis Auguste Bisson went into partnership with his brother August-Rosalie in the early 1840’s, so this precedes the partnership. The package that had been open has been conserved to contemporary archival standards. The fine plate was untouched. The back of the blue sealing tape has a beautiful pattern.
The subject, identified in pencil verso as Elisa Maillot, has a shy alluring expression with a turn of her head and open eyes. This is far from the stiff posing of many daguerreotypes from this early era. There is a wispy landscape behind.
Other names are written on the back.