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      Sale 2455 | Lot 215
      Estimate: $600 - $900
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      • Sale 2455 Lot 215

        (PHOTOGRAPHY.) McClees & Germon; photographers. Quarter-plate daguerreotype of an unidentified woman. 3 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch portrait in imprinted mat and full leather case; light spotting, oxidation at edges, but generally clear and crisp, with minimal wear to case. Philadelphia, circa 1847-55

        Estimate $600 - 900

        The early American daguerreotype artist James Earle McClees (see lot 214 above) first went into business in partnership with Washington Lafayette Germon (1823-1878) in 1847. They were in business at the corner of Chestnut and 8th Streets in Philadelphia through about 1855. Unfortunately, we do not know as much about this rather intense sitter--or what she is pointing at.


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