MISSING AND PRESUMED STOLEN Private Photograph Collection A private collection of rare Hawaiian photograhs and photographic materials by Caroline Haskins Gurrey is missing and presumed stolen. A reward is offered for the return of these items.
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - The following items are missing and presumed stolen from a private collection in Massachusetts:
Fourteen olive-toned photographic prints, ca. 1900-1905, in original frames, many with the Honolulu Art Shop label on the reverse. Most with the subject annotated on the reverse in pencil, and most signed "C. H. Gurrey" in pencil on the image or on the recto. Most framed pieces are approximately 8" x 10" or 9" x 11", and the largest are approximately 11" x 13". [Images of the 14 missing works are illustrated here, and are available for reproduction.]
An extremely rare, handcrafted, woodblock-printed, turn of the century calendar, which contains two photographs of small children, possibly unique, both individually signed.
Eleven copies of the book, Photographers of Old Hawaii by Joan Abramson, in which an entire chapter is devoted to Gurrey. [Many of the missing photographs are illustrated in this volume.]
Caroline Haskins Gurrey was an important early photographic artist in Hawaii. She is known for her portraiture, and was keenly interested in photographing Hawaiians of mixed ethic backgrounds. Very few works by Gurrey have appeared on the market in recent years, and this collection represented the most significant single-owner collection in private hands.
A Reward is offered for the return of these photographs and materials, or for information leading to their return.
Please call Detective Paul Morrison at the Concord, Massachusetts Police Department, at 1-978-318-3400