Georgia Neese Clark in Richland, Kansas

Gordon Coster front

Gordon Coster back

Year:                 1950
Measurement: 11 1/4 × 14 in. (28.6 × 35.6 cm)
Medium:           Ferrotyped Gelatin Silver Print
Made on a LIFE magazine assignment about Georgia Neese Clark, who had just been named as the first woman Treasurer of the U.S. A similar image was used in the LIFE story. The woman is Georgia Neese Clark walking towards the family grocery in Richland Kansas. This is a careful interesting composition moody and documentary. Slight handling indications in upper corners. “Photography Gordon Coster Stamp” on verso.


Altar Before Rotunda, by Francis Bruguière

Lot 28. Bruguière_web13 3/8 x 10 5/8- inch gelatin silver print, hand colored, on the  original decorative 22 x 13 3/4- inch double mat, signed and dated on the print and again on the mount beneath the print. This is in the rotunda of the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts at the time of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, printed and colored a year or so later. A masterpiece of evocative pictorialist photography, using the architectural features as a basis for something mysterious, brought out by the coloring (each print colored by hand) and lighting. This is a great example of this print.



page1017page101810 x 8- inch toned gelatin silver print. This is a film still by William Mortensen from Cecil B. DeMille’s “massive biblical production.” The scene shows Victor Varconi and Majal Coleman as Pilate and his wife. Has Mortensen’s stamp on the verso. It is interesting as an example of his studio work before the wild  pictorialist photographs he is known for. The melodramatic faces of the scene anticipate some aspects of his later work.

$100 – postage paid within US, $10 to Canada

Japanese funeral arrangement by Brett Weston

13 3/4 x 10- inch gelatin silver print, signed on the mount recto. This was selected and printed by Weston for the 1995 “Vogue of the Eye” exhibition. The characters are formed from some natural objects. Japanese employs some Chinese characters. The top two represent the name of the family of the deceased. In excellent condition.


Scene framed by building under construction, by Brett Weston

10 5/8 x 13 1/4- inch gelatin silver print, signed on the mount recto. This was  selected and printed by Weston for the 1995 “Vogue of the Eye” exhibitions. The scene is framed by the architectural elements of the house being built across the unpaved street. This  reminds me of the 1937 Edward Weston photograph “False-Front House, Albion California”.