Lot Details

Artist: Edward S. Curtis
Title: "A Chief of the Desert - Navaho"
Negative Date: 1904
Print Date: 2008
Photographic Medium: Goldtone™
Image Size: 17" x 14"(43.18cm x 35.56cm)
Framed Size: 22" x 19"(55.88cm x 48.26cm)

The gallery retail for this photograph is $3,500
Auction Estimate: $2,850 - $3,200

Edition Size: 13/200

Chief of the Desert - Navaho, 1904
This iconic Curtis portrait portrays both a noble individual and the characteristic qualities of his tribe: pride, vitality, and self-reliance. This image was used as the cover image for Edward S. Curtis: The Great Warriors by Christopher Cardozo. Curtis spent a great deal of time with the Navaho and “A Chief of the Desert” was one of his favorite portraits and continues to be highly sought-after.

This Centennial Edition™ was created using a proprietary process invented by Cardozo Fine Art in 1998. The goldtone process is an extremely rare form of photographic printing and our Goldtones™ are created in strictly limited editions. Centennial Edition Goldtones™ are created exclusively from Curtis' original glass plate negatives and therefore are contemporary original prints, not reproductions. Goldtones™ are printed directly on a high quality optical glass which is coated with a rich, unique, and custom formulated emulsion. The exposed sensitized glass plates are processed with traditional photographic chemistry and then toned twice for superb archival permanence and a warm sepia tonality. Each Goldtone™ is then backed with multiple microfine layers of brilliant golden metallic particles and finally treated with an inert archival sealant. Goldtones™ have a luminosity and three-dimensionality that is unequaled by any other photographic medium. The complexity and expense of producing goldtones in Curtis’ day meant that he printed only about 1 in 1,000 of his negatives as goldtones. Each contemporary, limited edition Goldtone™ and frame are the result of over sixty separate, distinct steps. The frame, which is a beautiful handcrafted recreation of Curtis' vintage frames, is custom made of wood and various traditional materials. We are pleased to offer this unique American treasure to a new audience of discerning collectors.

Goldtone, or Orotone, was a process of producing photographic images on glass, with a gold metallic backing, and was pioneered by Edward S. Curtis 100 years ago. It was his most favored way of producing his photographic images. These limited edition Goldtones™, by Curtis Centennial Editions, are objects of extraordinary beauty and rarity. They have a luminosity that is unequaled by any other photographic art form. Cardozo Fine Art is proud to present an historic limited edition printing of Contemporary Master Goldtones™ of Edward S. Curtis' most beautiful and evocative images of North American Indians. The images chosen for the Contemporary Master Goldtones™ are a selection of the most moving images that Curtis created in his 30-year study of North American Indians and each finished, framed and numbered Goldtone™ is the result of over sixty separate and distinct steps.

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Publication: Chiefs & Warriors - P.16 Edward S. Curtis: The Great Warriors - Cover Edward S. Curtis: The Great Warriors - P.13 Sacred Legacy:Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian - P.119
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Exhibition:
Other prints of this image have been exhibited internationally in one person Curtis exhibitions. These exhibitions have traveled to over forty countries and every continent but Antarctica during the past decade.
  • Pickup Location: Minnesota, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 17 x 14 in. (43.18 x 35.56 cm.)
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