Oct 21, 2021 - Sale 2583

Sale 2583 - Lot 8

Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
An album of 14 views of New York City and Staten Island related to German businessman L.E. Amsinck.

The album comprised of 11 views of the stately home and servants' quarters of Staten Island merchant L.E. Amnsinck, counterposed with 3 street scenes of lower Manhattan, including two of Amsinck's mercantile headquarters, with numerous folks peeking out the windows, and carriages and spectators on the street. Albumen prints, the images measuring 8 1/2x12 1/4 to 14 1/2x17 1/8 inches (21.6x31.1 to 36.8x43.5 cm.), and the reverse, the mounts 17 1/2x21 1/4 inches (44.5x54 cm.), 8 with Loeffler's credit label on mount verso and 2 with Rockwood's blind stamp on mount recto. Elephant folio, gilt-pictorial green morocco with the decorative monogram L.E.A. on the front cover. 1860s

Additional Details

An extraordinary album depicting the stately mansion of L.E. Amsinck, a German-American businessman, who is depicted in a formal group portrait, partying on a beautiful lawn, with his many well-heeled friends. The final photograph in the album depicts another group of men assembled on a front porch, with twins (bearded gentlemen) in the foreground and a retouched figure to their right. Amsinck arrived in New York City in 1859 where he opened L.E. Amsinck & Company. He resided in Staten Island and was listed as a merchant and consul.

John Loeffler was known as the premier photographer of Staten Island and produced a popular series of views of the Catskills, which he sold to vacationers.