Lot Details

Artist: Edward S. Curtis
Title: Nez Perce Brave
Negative Date: 1905
Print Date: c.1905
Medium: Platinum photograph
Markings:Signed in ink at lower right corner, "Curtis"
Blindstamp at lower left corner, Copyrighted 1905 by E.S. Curtis"
In negative at lower left corner, "243-05"
Print Size: 16" x 11.75"(40.6cm x 29.8cm)*Aprx.
Frame Size: 29" x 25"(72.7cm x 63.5cm)

The gallery retail for this photograph is: $65,000
Price Estimate: $50,000 - $55,000

This compelling portrait is a classic Curtis image. This Great Plains warrior is shown proudly in full regalia holding the wing of a Snowy Owl, which was a powerful figure in Native American beliefs and rituals. His long hair flows over his shoulder and his headdress is replete with extensive bead and quillwork. The composition is straightforward and strong and the lighting is powerful and luminous. This is a stunning platinum print and one of only two to three platinum prints believed to exist of this image.

The Nez Perce occupied lands in various parts of the Great Plains and the Plateau. They lived in Minnesota, the Black Hills, Colorado, Nebraska and later in Montana and Eastern Washington. Their last great leader was Chief Joseph who is still remembered by his famous speech, which ended with the words “I will fight no more forever.” This brave also wears an unusually large breastplate made with bone and brass trade beads.

Platinum prints of this image are extremely rare and it is believed that only three or four large format examples exist.

This vintage photograph has been with Christopher Cardozo Fine Art for over a decade, held for long-term investment.

This vintage platinum print is in excellent overall condition. Some minor imperfections not effecting overall print quality. e.g. minor, scattered soiling only at high points of the surface (typical of many of Curtis prints of this vintage), minor historic re-touching, visible only upon close inspection, and a few scattered shiny areas of surface burnishing at the print margins, visible only upon close inspection.

Print quality is excellent and signature remains strong and crisp. Contemporary custom designed, quarter-sawn oak frame is in excellent condition.

Edward Curtis is the most widely collected fine art photography in the history of the medium, and his work is found in major public and private collections internationally. He has also become the most widely exhibited. His work has moved viewers on every continent but Antarctica. He created an unprecedented body of work, which has won awards and accolades internationally. While the project nearly drove him into bankruptcy and cost him his health and family, today the aggregate value of the photographs he created exceeds one half of a billion dollars. Please see biography link above for further details.

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Publication: The North American Indian (Portfolio XIII Plate 263) The Great Warriors, P.96
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Inpainting, Instaining
Area: Image
Location: Other location
Notes: Please see “Seller’s Description” section for condition notes.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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Provenance:
  • Christopher Cardozo Fine Art
  • Pickup Location: Minnesota, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 16 x 11.75 in. (40.64 x 29.84 cm.)
Accepted: Wire Transfer
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