Darling, How Could You

Unexpected Gifts for $5,500 or Less.

Color image of a wrapped box with black and white zigzag wrapping paper and an orange bow

Darling, how could you forget my gift? We’re a few weeks from the holidays and you’re coming up short. You want something for those special people in your life they will really remember—something they won’t be receiving from anyone else. We’ve pulled together some of our collection’s hidden gems—from our Fraenkel family to yours. All works are $5,500 or less and come with optional gift-wrapping. Order by December 15 to ensure delivery by December 24.

Eadweard Muybridge, Lying on a couch and turning over on side., 1887
collotype, 19 x 24 inches (sheet) [48.3 x 61 cm]

Getting into bed—or is that out of bed?—becomes a magical process as depicted by Muybridge in 1887.

Garry Winogrand, New York, ca. 1970
gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches (sheet) [35.6 x 27.9 cm]

Two poodles point the way on a mid-day walk through New York City. 

The T’Zan Teleplasm, December 20, 1933
gelatin silver print, 4-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches (image & sheet) [11.4 x 8.9 cm]

A teleplasmic likeness of T’Zan, long known as a control of great power, manifesting on December 20, 1933 through the mediumship of Mrs. J. Young, now deceased. Clearly.

Loewy and Puiseux, Photographie Lunaire: Fabricius – Furnerius – Borda, 10 Septembre 1900 12h 9
heliogravure with tissue overlay, 29-1/2 x 22 inches (sheet) [74.9 x 55.9 cm]

Planning a trip to outer space? Don’t forget your map of the moon, detailed with craters and curve.

Gates of Heaven, 1978
vintage film poster, 42-1/2 x 30-1/4 inches (framed) [107.31 x 76.83 cm]

In a strange tale of Napa Valley lore, courtesy of Errol Morris’s classic 1978 film, this poster takes us to the steps at the gates of heaven.

Photographer Unknown, “Energy Can be Seen Beginning to Build Upon the Right of this Photograph of Medium Mrs. E. Bolder”, ca. 1976
two gelatin silver prints, 5 x 5 inches (each sheet) [12.7 x 12.7 cm]

One of the greatest illusions from the most common of photographic “accidents”: a finger before the lens becomes an otherworldly force mediating the living and the dead. 

Photographer Unknown, Gas Explosion at home on the corner of Buchanan and Grove, San Francisco, June 6, 1938
gelatin silver print, 8-5/8 x 12-1/4 (image & sheet) [22.0 x 31.1 cm]

Going out with a bang: in the aftermath of a San Francisco gas explosion, a simple dashed line retraces the path of everything but the kitchen sink. 

Lieutenant Colonel Henry Dixon, Views in Mysore, Yoga Narasimaswami’s Temple, India, c. 1865
albumen print, 10-1/2 x 14 inches (image) [26.7 x 35.6 cm]; 23 x 25 inches (approx framed) [58.42 x 63.5 cm]

Look closely: in the grottos of this magnificent landscape outside Mysore, India, one may find a thirteenth-century temple dedicated to the Hindu deity, Narasimha, a place of daily devotion.

Views in Mysore, Yoga Narasimaswami’s Temple, India, c. 1865 [detail]
Franck (François-Marie-Louis-Alexandre Gobinet de Villecholle), Performer in “Le Chatte Blanche”, 1869-70
albumen silver print, 24-1/4 x 18-1/2 inches (mount) [61.6 x 47.0 cm]

With effortless grace, this nineteenth-century French theatrical performer beckons her viewer into a fantastical world full of texture, pattern, and, of course, great drama in La Chatte Blanche (The White Cat). 

E.O. Goldbeck, Baptizing in San Pedro, San Antonio, Texas, May 25, 1925
gelatin silver print, 16 x 55-1/2 inches (framed) [40.64 x 140.97 cm]

Even if you’re agnostic, E.O. Goldbeck’s all-consuming panoramic depiction of a Texas baptism makes you one with the spirit.

Baptizing in San Pedro, San Antonio, Texas, May 25, 1925 [detail]
Photographer Unknown, Untitled, ca. 1852
daguerreotype in brown leather case, 3-5/8 x 3-1/4 inches (case) [9.2 x 8.3 cm]

Decked out in handsome regalia, the subject of this anonymous daguerreotype apparently came to California during the Gold Rush to seek his fortune.

E.J. Bellocq, Storyville Portrait, ca. 1912
printing out paper, gold-toned, 10 x 8 inches (image & sheet) [25.4 x 20.3 cm]

What to wear today? Contemplating one’s own image in the mirror, why not something to match that perfect wallpaper?

Louis-Emile Durandelle, Ornamental Sculpture of the New Paris Opera: Amortissement des Frontons des Pavillons, Façade Principale, 1865-72
albumen print from wet collodion-on-glass negative, 17-1/2 x 24-3/4 inches (mount) [44.5 x 62.9 cm]

Before they find their final resting place high above the streets of Paris, take some time to study the perfect curves of the Palais Garnier’s ornamental sculptures. 

August Sander, Eye of an Eighteen-Year-Old Young Man, 1925-26
gelatin silver print, 7 x 9-3/8 inches (image & sheet) [17.8 x 23.8 cm]

Staring into Sander’s eye of an eighteen-year-old, the fading freckles of youth outline a curious reflection on the young man’s future.

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