Issue #236  10/25/2017
Millon Will Auction off Important 19th and 20th-Century Photography, Including the the Third Full-Plate Daguerreotype Self Portrait by Camille Dolard, on Nov. 7th in Paris
Lot 3, Camille Dolard, Autoportrait en
Lot 3, Camille Dolard, Autoportrait en "malade imaginaire", c. 1842-1843, Full-plate daguerreotype 20 x 15.3 cm (26.5 x 21.5 cm), 60,000/80,000 €. Photo Courtesy Millon.

On Tuesday, November 7th, expert Christophe Goeury and the Millon Auction House will present several exceptional collections, as well as individual prints of the 19th and 20th centuries in their next photography auction in Paris.

Highlights in this sale include the third and last full-plate daguerreotype from Camille Dolard’s self-portrait series, the recently uncovered “Self-portrait as the Imaginary Patient” (Malade imaginaire). (Lot 3 - 60 000 / 80 000€).

Camille Dolard, often called "Dolard Jeune", was born in Lons-le-Saunier in 1810, and studied at the Beaux-Arts in Lyon. In 1842 he established himself as a "painter and photographer" and produced a series of full-plate daguerreotypes, three self-portraits: one as a "Painter", one as a "Hookah Smoker" and the third as "The Imaginary Patient", which is presented in this auction. Millon had sold the “Hookah Smoker” last December, which sold for over 196,000 € (including the buyer’s premium).

As Dominique Planchon-de Font-Réaulx and Sylvain Morand have noted in the exhibition catalogue "Le Daguerréotype Français un objet photographique" (Paris, Musée d’Orsay, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003-2004), “The genre scenes composed by Humbert de Molard or Camille Dolard, by their choice of scenes to enact, the depth and detail in each work, the theatricality of their use of light and shadows, confirm the talent of these artists and their full membership in the field of art”.

Lot 34, Bisson Frères,
Lot 34, Bisson Frères, "Savoie 44, L'Ascension du Mont Blanc", 1861, Albumen print, 37.3 x 22.7 cm, 10,000/15,000 €. Courtesy Millon.

Also on offer is an ensemble of works by French primitive photographers with rare views by V. Dijon, Henri Ange Eugène Mailand, Félix Thiollier, Etienne Jules Marey, Nadar, Gustave Le Gray and Mestral.

There are also several prints and albums of travel photography of Italy by Paul Marcellin Berthier and Henry Giorgio Sommer; Greece by Dimitrios Constantine; Spain and Portugal by Jean Laurent; Turkey by an amateur Italian photographer; Egypt, Jerusalem and the Middle East by François Joseph Édouard De Campigneulles, James Graham, Joseph Sauvaire and Louis Vignes; one of the first views of Senegal by Félix August Leclerc; Japan by Kusakabe Kimbei; Canton and Macao in China by William Pryor Floyd, Milton M. Miller and others; and a rare, early album of Jerusalem and the Holy Land by Félix Bonfils. Many of the albumen prints of this album include the earliest known signature that Bonfils used.

Other travel material includes work from the Collection of Madame X, and others, of the Swiss and French Alps in the 19th century--over 25 lots, several rare large-format albumen prints of the first views of the Alps from the Bisson Frères, Adolphe Braun, Victor Muzet, Charles Soulier, Antoine Mazel and Albert Steiner.

And there are three albums, and three additional lots, by Gabriel Loppé of studies of clouds, glaciers, atmospheric changes high in the Swiss mountains, including scenes of villages and daily life, as well intimate photos with and of his family.

The collection of Jacques and Catherine Bergaud, founders of the world-renowned photography studio Pin-Up is also a part of this auction.

Jacques Bergaud started his career as a designer, then as the editor-in-chief of the magazine Tintin, and later as a photographer for Vogue, before founding the Studio Pin-Up. Pin-Up was a world-renowned studio where the most sought-after photographers, such as Peter Beard, Gregory Colbert, Arthur Elgort, Hans Feurer, Steve Hiett, Dominique Issermann, Jean-François Jonvelle, Jeanloup Sieff, Oliviero Toscani, Albert Watson and notably Peter Lindbergh, worked. With tailored services and eight stages, two terraces, a car lodge, a modern lab and editing studio, and a restaurant, Pin-Up become an indispensable studio for photographers and companies alike.

The charismatic personality of the visionary founder Jacques Bergaud distinguished the studio above others. As a photographer, Bergaud used close-up shots and dramatic lighting, and created playful and sensual images. As the founder of Pin-Up, Bergaud worked closely with the photographers and created strong, life-long friendships. Most of the works in this collection are signed and dedicated, and all were given to Jacques and Catherine. These prints act as a testimony to the experiences shared and the affection between the Bergauds and the photographers.

Lot 173, Peter Lindbergh, Mathilde on the Eiffel Tower, 1989.  Silver gelatin print, dedication from artist on image.  57.5 x 48 cm, framed, 10,000/15,000 €.  © Peter Lindbergh.  Courtesy Millon.
Lot 173, Peter Lindbergh, Mathilde on the Eiffel Tower, 1989. Silver gelatin print, dedication from artist on image. 57.5 x 48 cm, framed, 10,000/15,000 €. © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy Millon.

A special friendship developed between Jacques Bergaud and Peter Lindbergh, and an important ensemble of 11 large-format, signed and dedicated prints by the renowned fashion photographer constitute the core of the collection. Considered a pioneer in fashion photography, Lindbergh introduced a style of new realism that changed the norms of beauty. His photographs reveal the personality of the models and their “natural beauty”, countering the current for unattainable perfection.

Works by Peter Beard, Gregory Colbert, Steve Hiett, Dominique Issermann, Jean-François Jonvelle, Hans Feurer, Jean Lariviere, Jeanloup Sieff, Oliviero Toscani, Cécile Trioulet and others complement the Bergaud collection and will be presented in this auction.

There is a curated selection of silver gelatin prints of the avant-garde, the Bauhaus, and Modernism by the likes of Germaine Krull, Clara Langer, Vladimir Vasil'evich Lebedev, Josef Sudek, Maurice Tabard, Raoul Ubac, Edward Weston, Willy Otto Zielke, and several unidentified photographers.

A collection of photographs and letters surrounding Chantal Quenneville is also offered over several lots. A young painter of portraits, landscapes and still-lifes during the “Bohème parnassienne” of the 1910s to the 40s, Chantal was close to many artists, writers and composers throughout her life such as Calder, Foujita, Modigliani, Diego Rivera, Ilya Ehrenbourg and Adolphe Hallis. And she befriended the collectors Léo and Nina Stein, as well as the photographers Sasha and Cami Stone.

Lot 90, Sasha and Cami Stone, Close up of Chantal Quenneville with her pipe, 1929.  Vintage silver gelatin print, signed on the print, annotated and author’s stamp on the back, 23.5 x 17.5 cm, 800/1,000 €.  © Sasha and Cami Stone.
Lot 90, Sasha and Cami Stone, Close up of Chantal Quenneville with her pipe, 1929. Vintage silver gelatin print, signed on the print, annotated and author’s stamp on the back, 23.5 x 17.5 cm, 800/1,000 €. © Sasha and Cami Stone.

This collection is composed of an ensemble of correspondences between Chantal Quenneville with these artists, writers and predominantly with the Steins, and notably of the series of photographs (nudes) that Sasha et Cami Stone made of Chantal, the “Lady with a pipe”, posing for them for the first edition of the magazine and portfolio “Femmes: Collection d’études photographiques du corps humain” Paris, Ed. des Arts et métiers graphiques, 1933. The series of seven silver gelatin prints that comes from this sitting reveals the close friendship and trust between the three artists, as well as their similar interests in modernism in photography: avant-garde framing, and lighting and perspective to enhance new representations of the body.

A selection of French and European Humanist photographers of the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Claude Batho, Robert Doisneau, Martine Franck, André Kertész, Evgueni Khaldei and Marc Riboud.

This auction can be found online here: http://www.millon-associes.com/html/index.jsp?id=86519&lng=fr&npp=150. Live bidding can be done online at http://www.drouotlive.com.

Private exhibition can be seen by appointment (see contacts below) at Millon Drouot Photography Department, 16 rue de la Grange Batelière, 75009 Paris, France.

Public exhibition: SVV 3 rue Rossini, 75009 Paris:
Saturday, Nov, 4, 2017, from 11 am to 7 pm.
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, from 11 am to 7 pm.
Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017 from 11 am to noon.

Auction: Tuesday, Nov. 7th at 2:30pm CET at SVV 3 rue Rossini, 75009 Paris.

Christophe Gœury is the expert for the sale. He can be contacted by phone at + 33 (0) 6 16 02 64 91, or by email at: chgoeury@gmail.com.

The catalog is available upon request from the Photography Department at the Millon Auction House. For all inquiries, to receive the catalog, for information about leaving absentee bids, receiving condition reports, or to take an appointment, please contact: Natalia Raciborski, Photography Department, Millon, phone: + 33 (0) 7 88 09 91 86 or by email at: photographie@millon.com.