SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK TO OFFER THE QUILLAN COLLECTION OF NINETEENTH AND TWENTIETH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHS SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK TO OFFER
THE QUILLAN COLLECTION OF NINETEENTH AND TWENTIETH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHS ON THE EVENING OF APRIL 7, 2008
News-Antique.com - Oct 23,2007 - New York, New York – On the evening of April 7th, 2008, Sotheby’s will have the privilege of offering for sale The Quillan Collection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Photographs, a choice offering of some of the most sophisticated works ever brought together in one collection. A true connoisseur’s collection of rare and unique images in superb condition, it would be impossible to recreate today. It was assembled by Jill Quasha, a private photography dealer who specializes in building both public and private collections, on behalf of the Quillan Company, an investment group. The collection of 69 photographs, ranging in date from 1839 to 1985, culminated in the book, The Quillan Collection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Photographs, published in 1991. By the time of Sotheby’s auction, the collection will have been held by the current owners for nearly
twenty years. It is estimated to bring $5/7.5 million*. The works will be on exhibition at Sotheby’s Paris (76 rue du Faubourg St. Honoré) from November 14-18th in conjunction with Paris Photo and will travel to San Francisco and Los Angeles in the spring before going on view in New York from April 2nd-7th.
Denise Bethel, Director of Sotheby’s Photographs department, said: “For the inner circle of photography collectors, dealers, and institutions, the Quillan Collection is legendary. Collecting with the eye, rather than precept, Quasha is part of a tradition of collectors such as the esteemed late Sam Wagstaff, or Pierre Apraxine of the Gilman Paper Company. Unlike the collections assembled by those and others, however, which number in the hundreds or thousands of photographs, the Quillan Collection comprises a select 69 images, and stands as a highly concentrated tour-de-force of the elusive meaning and brilliance of photography.”
The top lot of the collection is Edward Weston’s Nude, dated 1925 (pictured above, est. $700,000/1 million). Among the other highlights are Paul Strand’s Rebecca, 1923 (pictured here, est. $600/900,000), Hans Bellmer’s La Poupée (The Doll), circa 1935 (pictured on page 3, top, est. $200/300,000), William Henry Fox Talbot’s Study of a Leaf, circa 1839 (pictured on page 3, bottom, est. $100/150,000), Imogen Cunningham’s Banana Leaves, before 1929 (pictured on page 1, est. $70/100,000), Richard Avedon’s Portrait of Marilyn Monroe, 1957 (est. $70/100,000), and Diane Arbus’s Flower Girl at a Wedding, 1964 (est. $40/60,000).
The collection features a number of images of surpassing rarity, including the only vintage Schadograph, a unique cameraless image made by Christian Schad in 1919, ever to appear at auction (est. $150/250,000), and an elegant and unique Photogram by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, made in the early 1920s (est. $200/300,000). Other classic 20th-century modernists in the Quillan
Collection are Man Ray, André Kertész, August Sander, Tina Modotti, and Bill Brandt, to name but a few. The sale will feature a connoisseur's selection of 19th-century photographs, including two dramatic mammoth-plate albumen prints: Harbor of Nagasaki made by the American Charles Leander Weed in 1867 (est. $70/100,000), and a view of Yosemite by Carleton Watkins (est. $200/300,000), circa 1865. The collection is especially