BERG 1-16 VERY RARE – THERMOPLASTIC CASE – “LOVERS GOING TO THE WELL” FIVE INDIVIDUAL PLATES OF A FAMILY – Listed as VERY RARE in Paul Berg’s bible on 19th Century Cases… Actually means there were only 60 known copies to have ever been made or possibly still in existence; that’s how rare this thermoplastic case you are considering. The case entitled “Two Lovers Going to the Well” (Berg 1-16) is one of the only cases to hold up to five individual portraits. The case design was based on a famous sculpture by Thommaso Lazzerine of Carrara, Italy. As I have pictured in my listing photos, you can see there is a family of five were all captured on individual ambrotypes. They are wonderfully composed portraits and equally composed within this super rare housing. What is amazing about this cased set of images is the fact that the case itself is in as pristine condition as you will find. Miraculously after 165 years this case closes perfectly and holds shut, the corners remain sharp and there are no cracks or chips to be found anywhere. The velvet plush on the other side of the interior remains in excellent condition in a bold maroon color. The museum worthy example is a superb investment. Good luck to all my fellow 19th Century rare photographic masterpiece to your personal collection. CONDITION : Please view my detailed photos for the actual condition of the images and as part of my description. Please remember my listing photos are taken with my iPhone and there is no retouching whatsoever. The case holds three 1/16 plate plates ambrotypes of the children and two 1/9 plate ambrotypes of the parents. Each original ambrotype contains very good contrast, tonal range and sharpness. The son’s face has a slight wipe, but all the images still present beautifully together. The very rare case has both working latches that hold perfectly, the corners are sharp, there are no cracks or chips and the velvet pillow is in fine antique condition. Overall, one of the finest examples of this rare case you will ever find which contain the original family of five. The item “VERY RARE THERMOPLASTIC CASE LOVERS GOING TO THE WELL 5 PLATES OF A FAMILY” is in sale since Sunday, August 16, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\Ambrotypes”. The seller is “nic-o-matic” and is located in Lawrence, Kansas. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Region of Origin: US
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
- Date of Creation: 1800’S
- Photo Type: Ambrotype
- Subject: Figures & Portraits