BONFILS (FELIX) Architecture antique. Égypte. Grèce. Asie Mineure. Album de photographies, 1872
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BONFILS (FELIX) Architecture antique. Égypte. Grèce. Asie Mineure. Album de photographies, 1872
Sold for £27,500 (US$ 45,638) inc. premium
Lot Details
BONFILS (FELIX)
Architecture antique. Égypte. Grèce. Asie Mineure. Album de photographies, first edition, letterpress title, 50 albumen prints (signed in black in the negative), each with printed caption on the mount, all loose within publisher's cloth-backed portfolio boards, gilt lettered "Architecture Antique" on upper cover, folio (575 x 400mm.), Paris, Ducher et Cie, 1872

Footnotes

  • SCARCE FIRST APPEARANCE OF FELIX BONFILS' CELEBRATED PHOTOGRAPHS IN BOOK FORM, with no copies traced at auction in the past thirty years.

    This album is the earliest known published work from the Bonfils studio, the images having been taken in the late 1860s and bound in this volume in 1872. They bear the early (c.1867-early 1870s) Bonfils black signature in the negative. As Ken Jacobson explains in Obalisques & Arabesques: Orientalist Photography 1839-1925, 'these early negative signatures, especially the black signatures, are most likely to indicate negatives taken by Félix himself' (p.216).

    'Maison Bonfils' was the French photographic studio established by Félix Bonfils (1831-1886) and his wife, Marie-Lydie (1837-1918), in Beirut in 1867. Bonfils' success led him to open three sister studios in Cairo, Alexandria and France as the Middle East opened up to tourism in the late nineteenth century. From 1878, their son, Adrien (1860-1929), went on to take responsibility for the photography whilst Félix and Marie-Lydie ran their photographic empire.

    Images comprise:

    EGYPT: Karnak (Thebes): Intérior de la 1.re cour du Temple de Ramessès III; Vue générale du Temple de Ramessés III; Colonne dans la 2e. cour du Temple de Ramessés III; Colonne inclinée, intérieur de la salle hypostyle; Temple de Louksor, Vue générale des colonnades du milieu; Propylône ptoléméen et porte d'entrée au petit Temple; Détails de la Porte du Temple de Médinet-Abou; Colonnes de la salle hypostyle, vue du nord; Sphinx et Pyramides; Temple de Louksor, Obelisque et pylône; Avenue des Sphynx et propylône ptoléméen; Ruines de 3eme. pylône du Temple (sud-est) partie gauche; 3e. Cour du Grand Temple de Médinet-Abou, ou des colonnes; Temple de Louksor, entrée triomphale; Sculptures dans le Temple de Ramessès III, au fond de la 2e. cour, à droite; Sculptures à l'extrémité du Temple de Tentyris, à Denderah (Haute-Egypte); 2e. Porte du Grand Temple de Médinet-Abou; Avenue centrale de la salle hypostyle, prise de l'est (18).

    SYRIA: Damascus: Coupole octogone dans la cour de la Grande Mosquée; Groupes de Tombeaux; Petite coupole de la G.de. Mosquée (livre sacré); Dervicherie; Mosquée Es-Saghir, au faubourg de Meydan; Enfilade de la Grande Mosquôe, côté sud, dans la cour; Tombeau avec grille en fer; Minaret de la Fiancée; Fontaine à l'intérieur de la Grande Mosquée, and Intérieur de Maison. (10)
    Balbek: Coupole de Douris, dans la plainede la Bekàa; Détails des chapiteaux des colonnes du Temple de Jupiter; Porte du Temple de Jupiter (Pierre qui tombe); Temple de Jupiter; Chambres carrées, à driote, dans la cour rectangulaire; Grandes colonnes du Temple du Soleil; Intérieur de Temple du Jupiter (7).

    PALESTINE: Jérusalem: Mosquée d'Omar et Tribunal de David; Saint Sépulchre; Tombeau d'Absalon; Coupoles sur la plate-forme du Temple; Porte de Damas; Member sur la plate-forme du Temple; Tombeau de Zacharie et de St. Jacques (7).

    GREECE: Athens: Temple de Thésée; Parthénon. pris des propylées; Cariatides du Temple de l'Erechteion; Cariatides du Temple de l'Erechteion; Tours des Ventes; Lanternede Diogène. Monument chorégique de Lysicrate; Intérieur du Théâtre de Bacchus; Portique d'Adrien (8).
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