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Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, and Other Fine Photography to Feature Alongside DeCoR KPM Plaques and Mahogany Furniture

Two exciting evening sales will round out Kaminski’s auction schedule this May. The first, to take place on May 22nd, will present a full evening of DéCoR items, including decorative paintings, fine furnishings, and beautiful home accessories. The following evening, May 23rd, will offer a selection of photography and other fine collections.

In addition to a fine selection of paintings, including many still lives and decorative landscapes, the sale will also feature a collection of mahogany furniture including a wonderful Federal mahogany and tiger maple server, estimated at $3,500 to $4,500. The sale will bring to the podium a wide variety of home furnishings. Further highlights include a chinoiserie decorated cabinet, estimated at $600 to $900, as well as a nineteenth century Rococco style crystal chandelier, with an estimate of $500 to $1,00.

Decorative pieces to be offered in the auction include a nineteenth century pair of bronze vases featuring a beautiful classical motif, as well an Empire ormolu mahogany clock, estimated at $1,200 to $1,500. The sale will also feature a beautiful nineteenth century English silver mirror, estimated at $1,200 to $1,600.

A diverse selection of rugs, ranging from antique Peshawar rugs to modern Tibetan examples will accompany the furnishings offered in the DéCoR sale. Of particular interest to KPM Collectors will be a collection of KMP plaques among the top lots of the sale. Each of the plaques features a finely painted figure, and are predicted to fetch between $4,000 and $6,000 each.

From daguerreotypes to silver gelatin prints, Kaminski’s evening photo sale will present both historically significant and artistically striking images. A rare mammoth plate ambrotype of Niagara Falls is expected to be the top lot of the four hundred lot sale. The images measures six and a half inches by eight inches, and pictures James Wilson Wenman and Sarah James Byrd Wenman in front of the impressive falls. The large image is estimated to sell for between $5,000 and $10,000.

Other exciting items in the sale include Stanley F. Stearns’ photograph of John Kennedy Jr. saluting the coffin of his father as it was carried from St. Matthews Cathedral to the Arlington National Cemetery. Dated November 25, 1963, this photograph made the front pages of newspapers worldwide, and was awarded first prize in the White House News Photographers’ Association contest. It carries an estimate of $1,000 to $2,000

The sale will also offer a number of silver gelatin prints by Margaret Burke White, a pioneer in the field of photojournalism. She was the first Western journalist permitted to photograph Soviet industry, as well as the first woman journalist allowed to work in combat zones. Her work graced the cover of the first Life Magazine, and she was the first woman hired by both Life and Fortune magazines. Burke White’s photographs appear as lots 9006 and 9074 in Kaminski’s auction. The first photo depicts the Camel Corps at Dmeir, Syria. The latter image features a scene of the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan. Both pieces carry an estimate of $500 to $1,000.

A selection of other fine collections will be presented along with the photography in the evening sale. The auction will offer a number of lots of fine silver, jewelry, and coins, including a lot of gold and amethyst jewelry as well as a five piece silver tea set. A 1916 Austrian four ducat gold piece in AU condition will also be offered in the sale as Lot 9254, estimated at $450 to $650.

The Evening DéCoR auction will begin at 6:00pm, on Wednesday evening, May 22. The Photography and Fine Collections Auction will follow at 6:00pm on Thursday, May 23rd. Preview for the pair of evening auctions will begin on Sunday, May 19th, and run through May 23rd, from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day.

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